Hurricane Expo May 14, 2022 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM @ Lowe’s New Bern

Craven County Disaster Recovery Alliance and Lowe’s is proud to present Hurricane Expo 2022. This expo will be located in the parking lot of Lowe’s in New Bern, NC on May 14, 2022 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM.

Disaster partners will be in attendance to help you prepare and understand Hurricane Risks in Craven County, help you learn about how to prepare your home, answer questions about Insurance, and more.

Active recovery partners, who are still working in recovery response from Hurricanes Florence and Matthew, will also be in attendance to seek assistance if you still need help.


Hurricane Expo May 2022

Disaster Preparedness Class April 26, 2022 @ 6:00 PM

Join Habitat for Humanity, CCDRA, Craven County Emergency Services and The Gavigan Insurance Agency on April 26th, 2022 at 6pm.  In person will be at 125 Godette School Rd. Havelock, NC or Zoom with us.  Registration is required.  Visit  to sign up and receive Zoom link.

Have you ever heard of the 5 P’s?

Proper Planning Prevents Poor Performance?

We believe the 5 P’s for disasters are:

Proper Planning Prevents Paperwork Problems.

Did you know that how you prepare for a disaster impacts how quickly you are able to recover as well as the level of assistance you are able to receive?

Building resilience in our community means helping our neighbors understand disaster recovery and how to properly prepare.

If you can’t join in person, you can join us via Zoom.


Far From Finished Campaign

Far from Finished Campaign

Disaster Recovery is still “Far From Finished.” Many families in Craven County are still displaced or living in unrepaired homes due to disasters over the past few years. Our “Far From Finished” Campaign is designed to RAISE AWARENESS of the continued crisis and ENGAGE LOCAL VOLUNTEERS to expedite recovery for families in need.

Our work is far from finished but together as a community we can continue to make a difference!

Please consider a donation to CCDRA to HELP MORE FAMILIES still struggling to recover or sign up to volunteer! CCDRA would love to have you partner with us in 2022!

Face Masks for Craven 4/26/2020 Update

Weekly update as of 4/26/2020

It’s time to let you know how the week has gone.  After you read our weekly summary, please open the attached .pdf to see some info and pictures about agencies we have served– and volunteers who have helped.

Weekly Progress Report

  • In the month of April, nearly 1600 reusable face masks have been made and delivered across our community to 24 different community agencies in need.  We are continuing to follow up with agencies whose workers go to work every day and serve vulnerable populations.
  • We are continuing to track our volunteers; we think there have now been about 110 volunteers who have helped during April. Wow!
  • The distribution center at New Hope Village has reaaaaally helped us coordinate easily and effectively in our work. This center will be open this week as usual, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, 10:30-12:30 p.m.  Come and see!
  • Our supply chain is pretty stable now, except for that darn elastic.  We are still waiting on more elastic.
  • The need for help from local agencies is beginning to level off. We are beginning to wrap up the “crisis management” portion of this project—we think.
  • It looks like we still have some need for financial help.  (We have incurred expenses on some supplies that are still pending.). We hope to have a more complete financial report soon.  For those who want to support this project financially, you can do so by sending a check to CCDRA, att: United Way, 601 Broad St., NB, 28560, or Neuse Forest Presbyterian Church, att: Sharon DeCamp, 211 Highland Ave., NB 28562.  (Be sure to indicate “Face Masks for Craven” in the memo line.)

What’s Coming Next:

  • We anticipate supplying up to another 500 masks in the coming week.
  • Though we think we are wrapping up the crisis management phase, we anticipate continuing our work at a slower pace during the month of May.
  • Some volunteers are really tired, having worked endlessly for weeks.  We will need some new volunteers to lend a hand over the month of May.

Thanks to all for your wonderful spririt and dedication!  We will appreciate your help in sharing this update with others.


Helen Robinson

Volunteer Spotlight – Face Masks for Craven

FACE MASKS FOR CRAVEN, a project sponsored by CCDRA (Craven Co. Disaster Recovery Alliance) began organizing the first of April with an intention to help protect “community helpers” by providing reusable face masks with a high-quality filter.  After doing an initial needs assessment by phone, CCDRA volunteers decided to focus on workers in community agencies whose continuing service is vital for the wellbeing of the community.

Within less than three weeks, this group had produced and delivered 1000 reusable face masks throughout 20 agencies in Craven County!  This feat has been possible only with the tireless, flexible, good-humored, and collaborative effort of a team of volunteers that now numbers over 100 individuals.

In our ongoing updates, we will be featuring a variety of individuals who have come together to help protect and support our community.

Dan Frey is a valuable member of the Mask Team.  Dan shares that he was “drafted” by a friend at First Presbyterian Church and finds satisfaction in knowing that he is helping defeat the coronavirus in Craven County. Dan says he is amazed at how many new people he has gotten to know over the past three weeks!  Among the volunteers, Dan is well-regarded as a bender, stripper, cutter, driver, and host—a man of many talents!

Rhona Beadle is another versatile volunteer who cuts, irons, sews—and coordinates with a group of neighbors.   Rhona joined the volunteer effort early on; she believes it is essential to protect those in our community who are helping others.  It pleases Rhona to know all of us togetherare making a difference in this difficult time.  Rhona says she is struck by the amazing coordination of resources in this project!

Annick Smart is one of a group of “strippers” in the Greenbrier neighborhood.  These women are the heroes who have helped reduce the biggest bottleneck in production by “prepping” the strips or ties—thus reducing the work of those who sew masks!  After getting involved, Annick quickly enlisted two more friends.  Annick is really surprised by the need in our community for protection.  It means a lot to Annick to help those who put their lives in danger for all of us.

4/14/2020 Update (Face Masks for Craven)


  • During the first week of April, volunteers with CCDRA (Craven Co. Disaster Recovery Alliance) conducted a preliminary needs assessment with over 25 community agencies to evaluate need for community support in providing reusable face masks for their workers. Nineteen agencies voiced a need for help in protecting their workers!
  • CCDRA, in collaboration with Neuse Forest Presbyterian Church, mobilized a group of volunteers to begin production of reusable cloth face masks that contain an approved filtration layer.
  • Between April 8 and today, April 14, nearly 600 reusable cloth face masks have been distributed to nine community agencies!  Agencies receiving face masks include Emergency Management (for volunteer EMT’s and firefighters), Hospice, two assisted living facilities, and numerous in-home health care agencies. 
  • Based on our survey, Face Masks for Craven is working to provide another 1500 face masks to those agencies we have identified as needing our help. 
  • Our group of volunteers has grown from an initial group of fewer than 20 to an amazing group of over 100 individuals!
  • To facilitate coordination, we now have a distribution center open three days a week in the New Hope Village, housed at Neuse Forest Presbyterian Church, 2011 Old Cherry Point Road, New Bern.  Current hours for the distribution center are 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
  • To succeed in serving those workers in key community agencies serving vulnerable populations, we need more help.  Those interested in joining our work by helping cut fabric, sew masks, and other tasks are encouraged to stop by our distribution center or contact CCDRA at (252)571.2976 or  For those who wish to donate money to help defray the expense of this project, checks may be mailed to Neuse Forest Presbyterian Church, Att: Sharon DeCamp, 911 Highland Ave., New Bern 28562.
  • Our aim is to deliver at least 500 face masks a week over the coming weeks.  To achieve this goal, we must act quickly.
  • Remember, Compassion can be viral, too!


Face Masks for CRAVEN

Craven County Disaster Recovery Alliance (CCDRA) in collaboration with the Neuse Forest Presbyterian Church has developed a network of volunteers to prepare and sew non-medical face masks with a filter layer that can be laundered and reused. They are being distributed to Emergency Management, home health care agencies, assisted living facilities and group home facilities for the disabled.  Masks are distributed at no cost to the recipient.   

At the current time there have been requests for nearly 2000 masks.  Additional requests are expected.  So far 400 masks have been delivered to six agencies.  The goal is to produce 500 a week.  100 masks have already been delivered to Craven County Emergency Services.

The New Hope Volunteer Village is being used as a reception and distribution center for material, kits and finished masks. Volunteers process and cut fabric to size, assemble kits and distribute to volunteer sewers for assembly.  Completed masks are returned to the Village

The Village is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10:30 am until 12:30 pm. during the week of April 12.  The Village is located behind the Neuse Forest Presbyterian Church at 2011 Old Cherry Point Rd. in James City

Donations to help defray the cost of the materials for the masks may be sent to Neuse Forest Presbyterian Church, 2011 Old Cherry Point Rd., New Bern, NC 28562. Please mark your donation for Face Masks For Craven.

If you want to volunteer or get further information call CCDRA at 252-571-2976 or send an email to

We need donations to help offset the cost of fabric needed for the kits. To donate visit and click on DONATE. Be sure to note FACE MASKS FOR CRAVEN!