Robeson County Disaster Recovery Committee | Official Website

Welcome to your 24 hour online resource for news and updates about Robeson County's official Long-term Recovery Group [LTRG} and ongoing Hurricane Matthew and Hurricane Florence disaster recovery efforts.

RCDRC is happy to announce that we are now able to accept donations via the web through a Secure Online gateway provided by Church World Service, Inc. CWS serves as our fiscal agent, and as such, CWS accepts contributions, gifts and grants for the Robeson County Disaster Recovery Committee. [RCDRC]

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CDBG-DR / TRA (Matthew) Still Unavailable

RCDRC - January 15, 2018 | Please be advised that as of yesterday Temporary Relocation Assistance (TRA) for households that have been approved for construction projects through the Community Development Block Grant - DR [ or CDBG-DR Matthew ] is still not available due to an ongoing delay in the final approval of policies.

As we have shared over the last two months, we continue to encourage NCEM, NCORR, and our local Rebuild NC office to resolve this matter as soon as a possible as there are some households who are currently experiencing unsafe, unhealthy, unaffordable , and unsustainable living conditions ― as well as emotional distress and re-traumatization ― while desperately searching for alternative funds to cover current and/or pending relocation expenses directly linked to approved CDBG-DR (Matthew) projects.

In the meantime we are helping eligible clients who have been impacted by this delay to identify potential, alternative funding strategies by working collaboratively with diverse local, regional, and state recovery stakeholders. Additionally, we continue to help recovery stakeholders appreciate the need to develop, integrate, and apply a Trauma-Informed Approach. For updates about this delay contact the local Rebuild NC office. - Jan 7, 2019 | “The North Carolina Division of Emergency Management has opened a public comment period for Action Plan Amendment 3 to the state of North Carolina’s Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery Action Plan related to Hurricane Matthew recovery. The state is soliciting input on the proposed changes, which are intended to better define the ReBuild North Carolina program’s processes and accelerate the state’s recovery efforts.

Public Comment Period Ends Today @ 11:59 pm

The public comment period will remain open for 14 days following publication of Action Plan Amendment 3 to the ReBuild NC program website, at, until Jan. 18 at 11:59 p.m. EST. All interested parties are able to submit their comments via one of the submission formats detailed below:


PHONE: 919-814-4663

This draft Action Plan, as well as previous amendments and more information, can be found on the program’s website at

WBTW, Jan 4, 2019


  • A seven-figure contract to help repair homes damaged by Hurricane Florence was cancelled in late December, a little more than a month after it was awarded, due to errors in the procurement process.

  • North Carolina Emergency Management awarded a contract to AECOM to administer a program funded by the US Federal Emergency Management Agency called the Sheltering and Temporary Essential Power Program.

  • The program, more commonly known as STEP, was designed to make minor and temporary repairs to people’s storm-damaged homes to allow them to move back in.

  • The decision in the Hurricane Florence-related contract for the STEP program is the second time in 2018 questions have been raised about the way in which NCEM awarded a contract for hurricane relief.

  • In July, a WBTV investigation uncovered efforts by senior NCEM officials to alter bid documents for a large federal contract to fund recovery efforts for Hurricane Matthew.

  • An NCEM spokesman issued the following statement in response to a request for an interview for this story: “North Carolina Emergency Management (NCEM) continues to work with volunteer organizations currently repairing homes to ensure the NC Sheltering and Temporary Essential Power (STEP) program moves forward without interruption, enabling eligible homeowners impacted by Hurricane Florence to return to their homes as quickly as possible.”


WSOC-TV : October 17, 2017 | Video: The flooding from Hurricane Matthew may be long gone, but the storm’s destruction is still felt every day. Eyewitness News reporter Ken Lemon returned to eastern North Carolina one year later and found the area is just starting to recover.

Stephanie Chavis, emergency services director for Robeson County, said there are instances in which people can't afford to rebuild. “(The) tax value on that home may have gone down over time," Chavis said. Those people who have relocated have lost almost everything in their homes, and there is a great need for new or slightly used furniture.

New local government groups are now set up to help people replace all that was washed away, but it's hard to keep up.

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WBTW News 13: October 9, 2017 | On Sunday, The Robeson County Disaster Recovery Committee hosted a one-year anniversary event to remember the destruction of Hurricane Matthew. Residents and several others gathered together to sing, rejoice and remember the damage done by Hurricane Matthew. [ Learn more ]

Flood waters rush near a car

Robesonian - August 10, 2017 | " Lumberton can expect another disaster similar to Hurricane Matthew. That was the message given to Lumberton City Council Wednesday by a consultant working on the city’s Hurricane Matthew Disaster Recovery and Resilience Initiative plan. “There will be another disaster. I bet my life on it,” said Lincoln Walther, a veteran hurricane recovery consultant from Florida. “I bet you will be hit again in 30 years.”

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Ms. Cassandra Campbell [ Executive Director, RCDRC ] helped to spread the news that "Every Disaster Survivor Needs a Disaster Case Manager" on WAGR 1340 AM during an interview with Rev. Matthews and Rev. Alford.

The on air segment featured a relevant, thoughtful Q & A session on variety of disaster recovery topics including home repair and rebuild efforts, emotional distress, mold growth in homes and apartments, services for the elderly and disabled, options available to home owners and renters, volunteer opportunities, ongoing and emerging unmet needs and more! [ Learn More ]

"Libby Turner, a FEMA coordinating officer, said her agency will work closely with the tribe in developing long-term planning for hurricane recovery and bringing in the resources to meet local needs." “We work in partnerships, and that includes philanthropy, foundations and volunteers,” she said. Turner said that FEMA places an emphasis on determining and addressing the needs of individual communities. “We try to understand the needs of the community and not just provide the assistance that law requires,” she said. [ Learn More! ] | "The University of North Carolina is conducting a study in Robeson and Cumberland Counties to understand how Hurricane Matthew affected residents. If you lived in either county during the hurricane, you’re 18 and older and you can speak English, you’re eligible to participate. The online survey will take less than 15 minutes and is anonymous. Information gathered will help develop resources to address future NC disasters."

Click here to learn more! | More than 300 FEMA employees are still in North Carolina working closely with NC Emergency Management officials and local partners to help families and communities recover from Matthew. Gov. Cooper continues to work with the state’s congressional delegation to secure more recovery help for North Carolina.

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