SBP is a national disaster resilience and recovery nonprofit whose mission is to shrink the time between disaster and recovery. Founded after Hurricane Katrina, SBP’s team understands that, after disaster, citizens are at risk of reaching their breaking point if there is no predictable path to recovery. Each of SBP’s interventions are designed to fortify people against reaching their breaking point by providing a prompt, efficient and predictable path forward.

“SBP is a vetted, go-to resource that provides immediate response, efficient rebuilding and long-term recovery solutions. They are a one-stop shop for disaster resilience & recovery.” - Mike Goss, Toyota Foundation President


SBP’s 5 strategic interventions to shrink the time between disaster and recovery

1.     Rebuild: With the help of more than 150,000 volunteers, SBP has rebuilt more than 1,500 homes in disaster-impacted communities across the country. SBP serves low- to moderate-income residents with a special focus on the most vulnerable members of the community.  The key to SBP’s success is its model, which implements a variety of innovative of best practices and is deeply subsidized by AmeriCorps members from all over the country.  SBP’s effective use of volunteer labor further reduces rebuilding costs, while engaging community members and fostering a sense of shared sense of purpose for all involved.  

SBP’s current rebuilding operations: New Orleans & Baton Rouge, LA; Southeast Texas; Puerto Rico; South Carolina; New York; Monmouth & Ocean Counties, NJ.

Hurricane Michael: SBP has had a response team deployed in Port St. Joe, Florida for six weeks (as of 11/26) and will send a second team on Friday, Nov. 30 to support on-the-ground recovery needs providing services like gutting and mold remediation. We will move into rebuilding work for vulnerable families as early as January 2019 and stay until recovery is complete.  SBP's rebuilding work will be strengthened by ~7,000 volunteers who will support our efforts year-round.

2.     Share:   We believe that collaboration is crucial to effective long-term recovery. It is essential that all rebuilding organizations are supported by having the capacity and processes needed to be successful.

Example:  In Houston after Hurricane Harvey, SBP provided training in disaster case management, mold remediation and/or rebuilding processes with more than 50 nonprofits who are actively rebuilding across all of Southeast Texas. SBP recruited, trained and then shared AmeriCorps members with other nonprofits to build capacity for their groups to do more.

Hurricane Michael: SBP has already partnered with a group called Hope Panhandle, a local group with important local connections. SBP will serve as a trainer, capacity builder and funder for this group and others so that more families can be served quickly and with the efficiencies of SBP’s proven-effective model for rebuilding, volunteer coordination and disaster case management.

3.     Prepare:  We want all homeowners to understand their risks and take action to protect their families in advance of disasters so they are prepared to recover quickly. SBP provides in-person and online resilience training where we provide actionable steps to mitigating risk to major disasters. Following a disaster, SBP provides valuable information to communities on navigating the recovery system, avoiding contractor fraud, avoiding unnecessary cost outlays, and other strategies that help homeowners rebuild in a prompt, efficient and predictable way.

Example: After the 2017 storm season, SBP's recovery guides were downloaded more than 125,000 times. SBP conducted 45 in-person recovery trainings for 1,500 people after Hurricane Harvey. Most of the trainings were held for employees of locally-based companies and hospital systems.

Hurricane Michael: SBP has been running a geo-targeted social media campaign that shares SBP’s free, downloadable recovery guides, videos and in-person trainings to help people clearly understand their path to recovery. These resources provide actionable and practical steps about many storm-related topics like navigating FEMA, insurance claims, mold remediation and contractor fraud. This is a virtual one-stop shop for all recovery-related questions, and is an important resource to helping homeowners avoid the common pitfalls of recovery. To date, these guides have been downloaded 12,344 times in Florida.

4.     Advise:  SBP Advises policy makers immediately after a disaster so they can deploy federal dollars sooner, and in a way that empowers and efficient recovery.  SBP's experience has allowed it to identify the common systemic roadblocks to a prompt and efficient recovery and develop best-practice recommendations for state and local governments and municipalities.

Example: SBP's advisory services have played a crucial role in recent disasters, helping communities like Baton Rouge, Houston and South Carolina formulate recovery plans and shrink the time between the disasters and the access to federal funding.

Hurricane Michael: SBP's broader impact is made through advising government leaders and philanthropic decision makers. SBP is working with Citgo to host a Mayors convening in Florida on Dec 6-7, where Mayors from Texas (Hurricane Harvey-impacted areas) will discuss recovery best practices with Mayors from Michael-impacted communities. SBP’s “Mayors Playbook” is the guide which will navigate this convening.

5.     Advocate:  SBP advocates for the reform of disaster recovery strategy in the US to improve predictability and speed of recovery.  Specifically, SBP is advocating the following initiatives: optimization of the FEMA application and approval process; deploying FEMA recovery dollars in a more rapid manner; and deploying FEMA recovery dollars in a more efficient manner.

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