The Robeson County Disaster Recovery Committee, Inc [RCDRC] is the key point of contact and a member of Robeson County's official Long-Term Recovery Group [LTRG]. RCDRC is a tax-exempt organization under section 501c3 of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code. We are a public charity and thus contributions to RCDRC are tax-deductible. Donors can deduct contributions to this organization under IRC Section 170.
RCDRC also provides Disaster Case Management Services, a unique and innovative emergency response and recovery support capability that enables Robeson County's Long-Term Recovery Group to provide relevant resources and services throughout the disaster and recovery cycle.
RCDRC's fiscal agent is Church World Service (CWS), a tax-exempt organization under section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code, and publicly disclosed revenues of over $96 million ]. CWS is a "faith-based organization transforming communities around the globe through just and sustainable responses to hunger, poverty, displacement and disaster."
To work collaboratively and collectively to develop, coordinate, manage, and deliver recovery services for individual and families affected by natural or man-made disaster in Robeson County.
Our Function & Purpose
RCDRC is the key point of contact and member of Robeson County's official Long-term Recovery Group [LTRG] and our core function and purpose focuses on:
- Providing Disaster Case Management Services and referrals for individuals and families directly impacted by man-made and natural disasters;
- Working collectively with diverse local, county, regional, state, and federal stakeholders in collaboration with our community to develop and nurture multi-dimensional preparedness, response, recovery initiatives;
- Identifying unmet needs and opportunities that promote sustainability, long-term recovery and community resilience.
- Developing a cooperative environment that encourages individuals, families, schools, faith-based organizations, community-based organizations, small businesses, and the entire community to be proactively engaged in the long-term recovery and renewal process.
Our Vision & Goals
Working collaboratively with the community and diverse stakeholders RCDRC aspires to:
- Build an environment of mutual accountability, responsibility, respect and trust that facilitates a broader appreciation for the unique skill-sets, talent, intellect, and value embedded within our local, county, regional, state, national and global community in order to inspire the discovery of untapped resources and tools that can maximize the efficiency and efficacy of long-term disaster recovery efforts;
- Enhance community confidence in the recovery process by establishing policies and procedures for addressing the recovery needs of families, individuals and small business
- Advocate for public recovery and resilience planning processes that address the comprehensive needs of humanity as well as infrastructure, the environment, and other vital elements that support survival, continuity and sustainability in order to ensure that basic needs of vulnerable populations are not overlooked in the wake of a disaster;
- Maximize all available community and stakeholder resources, and avoid duplication of services while helping to ensure that the scale and demand for services are met;
- Evaluate relevant public policies, research, best practices and disaster preparedness, response, and recovery processes in order to identify gaps and opportunities that can strengthen community resilience initiatives and long-term recovery efforts going forward;
- Facilitate the development of a culture of preparedness in Robeson County and the surrounding region that promotes an all hands on deck approach that engages schools, churches, small businesses, healthcare organizations, senior living /retirement centers, etc. ;
- Share in the responsibility to provide coordinated management of long-term recovery endeavors associated with natural and man-made disasters in Robeson County;
- Promote diverse strategies that improve the search for and allocation of investments and resources that are necessary for a successful recovery;
- Encourage everyone to come to the table so that all voices are heard;
- Modify our approach to solving problems when necessary in order to meet the ongoing and emerging needs of our collective community;
- Help open the lines of communication and increase the availability and accessibility of relevant news, updates, data and research both in the community and amongst strategic partners in order to minimize confusion, re-traumatization, disorder, gaps in services, unreported and unaddressed needs, and silos of information in order to nurture the development of constructive relationships;
Our Organizational & Operational Structure
The National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD) highlights that every good long-term recovery group / committee (LTRG / LTRC) includes the following components:
NVOAD: Standard LTRG Components
RCDRC: LTRG Components
“Disaster Case Management are functions in support of empowering and of addressing the basic needs and recovery needs of individuals and families.”
“Construction Management consists of overseeing repairing or rebuilding homes to safe, sanitary, secure and functional condition.”
“Volunteer Management - Volunteers are a key component to disaster response and should be managed and treated as a valuable resource throughout all the phases of disaster.”
“Communications - Having a good communications strategy is essential for the success of a long term recovery group.”
“Donations Management - Responders who know how to effectively manage donated goods are more efficient at leading their community toward recovery.”
“Emotional and Spiritual Care - Addressing the emotional and spiritual needs of individuals, families and communities can kindle important capacities of hope and resilience.”
“Financial Controls and Reporting - It is the responsibility of the LTRG, along with its fiscal agent, to ensure that good financial controls are in place.”
The following are sub-committees of the Robeson County Disaster Recovery Committee > Long-term Recovery Group [LTRG]:
Communications and Marketing Committee: Develops a communications plan that ensures that all stakeholders, including the general public, are kept informed about the Robeson County LTRG’s structure, policies and program development, available services, meetings, news, updates, and recovery process.
Finance Committee: (Donations and Fundraising) – Works to secure grants, donations and other resources for (Name of Group) and coordinates with other entities (e.g., manufacturers, suppliers, etc.) to secure donations and funding.
Construction Committee: Oversees the coordination and scheduling of all rebuilding projects for cases approved by the RCDRC - LTRG process – a project manager function.
Case Management Committee: Reviews cases for submission to the Unmet Needs Committee. This committee also provides and/or marshals professionals to address emotional, spiritual, behavioral health, public health, human services, and education needs.
Unmet Needs Committees: Receives and acts on referrals from Case Management Committee. Consists of members and non-members bringing money (cash financial support), materials (donations, equipment, supplies furniture, appliances, etc.), or muscle (volunteer labor crews and expertise) to meet the needs of individuals who have been served by the case management process.
Unmet Needs Subcommittees: May consist from as few as one, to many members. Membership of subcommittees and their internal work-groups may consist of both Robeson County Long-term Recovery Group members and other subject matter experts. Each sub-committee will be chaired or co-chaired by a member or members of RCDRC - LTRG. Each sub-committee will be staffed by a “Coordinator” and In some cases, the sub-committee “staffing” and the chair may be the same person. Staffing may be provided by hired staff, loaned staff, grant-funded positions, contracted services, volunteers, or any combination thereof.
Fundraising and Grants Committee: Responsible for the strategic recruitment of donor dollars via monetary donations, in-kind donations, and grants. Committee consists of a coordinator and six other members.