Storm/disaster victims are “shell shocked” after a storm and are in a dangerous hurry to get back to normal. This makes them easy and typical targets for unscrupulous contractors who are immediately ready to take advantage of them, making them victims, twice.
NCPHIF will deploy a team (Rapid Response Team) to the site of a natural disaster (hurricane, flood, tornado, etc.). Through its Rapid Response Team, NCPHIF can get to the homeowners early in the rebuild process. The Rapid Response team will setup Response Center to provide one-on-one home repair/rebuild counseling and coaching to the victims of the disaster in order to prevent them from becoming victims twice – once from the disaster and then from dishonest contractors seeking to take advantage of the situation.
Once a dishonest contractor has taken the homeowners money (from insurance settlements, FEMA funds, SBA loans, etc.), it is extremely difficult to recover those funds. NCPHIF can help prevent that from happening by educating homeowners so they become their own quality control managers. Setting up our Resource Center is not only critical, it is urgent.