October 27, 2017
Carolina has added a new tool to help the state and citizens track
disaster recovery efforts as communities across eastern North Carolina
continue to recover from Hurricane Matthew, The North Carolina
Department of Information Technology announced Tuesday.
Rebuild.nc.gov, a new online resource built by the state’s Department
of Information Technology in partnership with the Governor’s
Hurricane Matthew Recovery Office and the Department of Public Safety,
allows easy access to detailed funding information for disaster
recovery including information by county.
The site was initially built to track Hurricane Matthew recovery
efforts. The expanded and improved site will track efforts for any
natural disaster that strikes the state going forward.
Information will include aggregated data about the number of requests
for assistance received for various programs and the total amount of
aid provided. The site will also provide detailed spending data by
funding source, agency and county.
Having that level of detail easily available will provide immediate
information and additional transparency on the use of disaster recovery
resources, according to the press release. The state can also use the
data to establish targets for relief efforts and track progress toward
reaching those goals.
“Recovering from disasters is a long and challenging process for
individuals and for the communities themselves,” Public Safety
Secretary Erik Hooks said in a statement. “The more detailed
information we can provide to people quickly, the better they can help
to manage their recovery.”
The site will also include public safety information about long-term
recovery efforts, such as access to mental health programs, loan
programs or grant programs.
The Government Data Analytics Center housed within the Department of
Information Technology will feed data to the site, while the Department
of Information Technology’s Digital Services Team will manage its
“Technology is nothing more than a tool to improve lives,” Eric
Boyette, State Chief Information Officer and Secretary of the
Department of Information Technology, said in the statement. “I can’t
think of a better way to use technology than to try to improve the way
we help people rebuild after a disaster. I’m proud my team was able to
work with the governor’s office and Emergency Management officials to
build this resource.”