Building Back: Developing More Resilient Communities After Hurricane Matthew

APA North Carolina Chapter


Thursday, September 28, 2017
8 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. EDT

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This session will discuss recent recovery efforts initiated by the NC Division of Emergency Management (NCEM) in the wake of Hurricane Matthew to work with local communities impacted by the storm to develop Resilient Redevelopment Plans. The plans identified projects centered on four pillars of resilience: Housing, Economic Development, Infrastructure, and Environment. These plans are being used by NCEM as the basis for two requests for additional funding: 1) via the CDBG-DR program and 2) via a request to the NC General Assembly.

From this session, participants will gain a better understanding of the overall recovery process from major disasters, particularly as it pertains to recent efforts that have been undertaken in North Carolina as a result of Hurricane Matthew. Planners will learn about the innovative process that was initiated by the North Carolina Division of Emergency Management to fund a bottom-up approach wherein local communities identified impacts from the storm and turned those impacts into areas of opportunity to build back in a more resilient way. The idea behind this session will be to demonstrate to participants the importance of resilience planning and to discuss how this process, and the post-disaster period, can be an opportunity for communities to re-define the shape of their housing, infrastructure, economy, and environment. During this session, specific examples of projects that were identified during the process will be discussed and an update will be provided on where these projects are in terms of implementation. 


Ryan Wiedenman, AICP

Invited Speaker


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Benjamin Howell,