Free Forum Friday: Preparing for and recovering from natural disasters

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Michael A. Sprayberry, Director of Emergency Management in the N.C. Department of Public Safety, and Will Polk, deputy general counsel for NC DPS, joined Lesley Albritton, leader of our Disaster Relief Project, to discuss how North Carolinians can get their “house in order” before and after a natural disaster so legal problems don’t stand in the way of a full recovery. This video was broadcast live as part of our Free Forum Friday series on Facebook Live, where we provide North Carolinians with timely, important information on a full range of legal topics. Watch all of our Free Forum Friday broadcasts live every Friday at 11 a.m. at

0:20 – Introduction
1:30 – What is State Emergency Management’s role in natural disaster response and preparedness?
5:00 – What legal issues do people experience after a natural disaster? What can an attorney help with at this time?
11:10 – Information about NC’s CBDG-DR recovery funds (ReBuild NC)
12:50 – What is the best thing from a safety preparedness perspective that people can do right now to prepare for a natural disaster?
22:45 – Are there tips from a legal perspective when preparing for a natural disaster to get in a better position?
29:00 – is the best place to get up-to-date information about natural disasters in NC.
30:00 – Are there ways that the challenges from COVID-19 can make our disaster response better in the long run?