Regional Resilience & Recovery

We know that natural and manmade disruptions will continue to emerge, threating the health, safety and economic vibrancy of our communities and impacting our residents in very personal ways. How can we recover from these disruptions in a way that moves our communities forward and leverages the strengths of government and non-government partners? A resilient recovery requires a whole of government approach, so the Centralina Economic Development District (EDD) applied for and was awarded a U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) Disaster Relief Coordinator Grant to assist jurisdictions and municipalities with building adequate capacity and enhancing resiliency.

Regional Resilience Collaborative

Centralina EDD partnered with Centralina Regional Council and our nine-county Emergency Management directors to launch the Regional Resilience Collaborative, a project that will assess the viability and resiliency of emergency management plans and coordinate resources so the region can pursue greater efficiency in responding to current and future natural and man-made disasters. The Centralina team will work directly with County Emergency Management Managers across our nine-county region to build upon existing County and City-level emergency plans through a series of plan evaluations, assessments, focus groups and workshops.

Objectives

  • Investigate the landscape of local resources & capabilities
  • Document local strengths and opportunities
  • Support coordination for regional recovery strategies
  • Bolster the capacity of community economic resilience
  • Create a tangible and relevant recovery

Timeline

Phase I

April – August 2021

Understand local recovery needs & resources

Phase II

September 2021

Regional Recovery Summit

Phase III

October – November 2021

Regional Resilience Collaborative Workshops

Deliverables

October – November 2021

Regional Recovery Framework & Local Leader Disaster Recovery Coordination Guide

Regional Recovery Summit

The Regional Recovery Summit was the first of three fall 2021 virtual workshops that will be held by the Regional Resilience Collaborative. The Summit featured discussions with representatives from state and local government and nonprofit organizations. Disaster recovery experts shared their experiences, addressing the many challenges of rebuilding sustainable and equitable communities following large-scale disasters. 

The workshop was centered around four recovery themes:

  1. Whole Community Collaboration – using trusted resources, knowing who to contact and working with community organizations. 
  2. Infrastructure Recovery – mapping out recovery and who to engage. 
  3. Disaster Housing and Land Use/ Development – best practices and experiences from other areas of North Carolina that have experienced recent catastrophic disasters.  
  4. Economic and Small Business Recovery – how local government can support resilient economies and bounce forward. 

Some of the themes that emerged from the Summit included: The importance of planning and building relationships in advance; equity is directly linked to recovery; to succeed, recovery must include community partners, the public and businesses in addition to local government and federal partners; communication is key; and look to other communities for examples of success stories.

Local Leader Disaster Recovery Coordination Guide

Access the full guide on our Member Portal.

Recovery begins in the first days of a disaster. Emergency managers oversee critical life-safety concerns during the response. At the same time, county and city managers or designated staff members should lead the mapping out needed elements for a successful recovery. If you invested in the work to build a pre-disaster recovery plan, now is the time to reap the benefits. Read our Local Leader Disaster Recovery Coordination Guide to see the key planning considerations for county managers and elected officials.