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Resources for Volunteer Attorneys

The North Carolina Bar Association Young Lawyers Division (NCBA), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Young Lawyers Division of the American Bar Association (ABA) and Legal Aid of North Carolina (LANC), with support from the North Carolina Bar Foundation (NCBF), are collaborating to provide immediate pro bono legal assistance to survivors of Hurricane Florence through the NC Disater Legal Services (DLS) program.

Many of the resources included here were created by legal services organizations in North Carolina, Texas and Florida in response to previous disaster response efforts, but shared here as informational reference in support of NC Hurricane Florence-related disaster response needs.

This resource list will be updated and expanded as available. (Last updated November 6, 9:22 a.m.)

Resource Videos

Disaster Legal Services: Housing Issues (10/29/2018) (Sarah Dixon, LANC)

Disaster Legal Services Overview (Hurricane Matthew) (from LANC)

Weathering the Storm: Disaster Preparedness for Pro Bono Attorneys (from LANC)

Disaster Relief: Overview of Disaster Assistance  (from LANC)


Resource Websites

NC Disaster Legal Assistance Manual (NC Pro Bono Resource Center)

National Disaster Legal Aid Resource Center

United Policyholders

SBA Appeals


Written Resources

Consumer Protection:

Disasters and the Fraud Industry (from Hugh Harria and David Kirkman, NC DOJ Consumer Protection Division)

Document Replacement:

NC Document Replacement Guide (Attorneys)

 FEMA Claims:

FEMA: A Primer on How to Obtain Disaster Assistance (from Allison Everett, LANC)

Individual Assistance (from FEMA)


Disaster Insurance Issues (Hurricane Matthew) (L.D. Simmons, McGuireWoods LLP, from LANC)


FEMA Benefits for Immigrants and Tenants (NC Justice Center)

Immigrants and Disaster Relief (from Kate Woomer-Deters and Carol Brooke, NC Justice Center)


Disaster Preparation, Response and Recovery for HUD Grantees and Tenants (from US HUD)

Rights of Private Tenants After a Disaster (from Roger Cook, LANC)


School Stability for Students Displaced by Hurricane Matthew (from Jennifer Story, LANC)


General Disaster Legal Services Resources:

Helping Individuals and Families Meet Their Basic Needs After a Disaster (from Madlyn Morreale and Barbara Degen, LANC)

Hurricane Harvey Crisis Response Guide (2017)  (from Baker Botts)

Hurricane Harvey Crisis Response Guide, NC ADDENDUM (2018)  (from Baker Botts)

Resource Materials for Responding to Legal Questions from those Affected by Disasters (from State Bar of Texas, Houston Bar Association)

Surviving a Disaster: A Lawyer's Guide to Disaster Planning (from ABA)

Weathering the Storm: Pro Bono Preparedness (from LANC)