RAPID/Collaborative Research: Capacity Adjustment, Resilience and Information Sharing in a Network for Good (CARING)

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Dr. Tobin Walton, Sociology, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University



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Spring 4-2021


The decision making process and accuracy of food supply following a disaster has been disrupted for the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina (FBCENC). Although food banks strive to provide emergency food supply to those impacted by the disaster, they often struggle to recover from the disruptions to their networks. The FBCENC opened food pantries following the landfall of Hurricane Florence in 2018, as an attempt to support all in need of food and water. Thousands are living in shelters and businesses were closed causing a rise in the demand for food from FBCENC. FBCENC is facing an issue of trying to collect relief items from donors and provide them to the needy, while also operating regularly in the unaffected areas. True knowledge of the demand of supplies has been disrupted and has caused a lack of access to people in need. The objective of the RAPID NSF project is to figure out the challenges the FBCENC faced after Hurricane Florence. The data collected will be used to measure the expanse of the event so that discernment can be given on how nonprofit food distribution organizations can prepare, respond and recover. Resilience to the impacts of hurricanes and being able to readily supply food or needs to those impacted by natural disasters and normal operation, by developing a plan including pointers for disaster preparedness and response is a key goal.

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