Sustainable Rebuilding After the Colorado Floods



For those who lost their home from a disaster and choose to rebuild, we provide a pathway to rebuild sustainably -- Safer, Stronger, and Smarter. We do this by providing access to professional networks, materials, volunteers, grants, local expertise, and best practices. We help communities rebuild, one house at a time. Homeowners benefit from comfortable, healthy homes; local communities benefit by increasing their resilience; and extended communities benefit from a model that saves resources.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

1800 homes were destroyed in the wake of the 2013 Colorado Floods. At the individual level, most survivors have never rebuilt a home from scratch and need support navigating the rebuilding process, which often begins long after other aid and "long-term" recovery funding opportunities have peaked or expired. At the community level, community support and coordination of structural rebuilding efforts is a vital component that is typically missing in disaster recovery.

How will this project solve this problem?

NCRN enables survivors and communities to make the best choices at the most critical times by giving them access to: Community-based education on Safer, Stronger and Smarter rebuilding practices; Established networks of local building professionals and suppliers; Grants (via locally raised funds) that help survivors rebuild; Professional design/construction volunteers that provide "on the ground" rebuilding help; Online forum for survivors to post questions to professionals

Potential Long Term Impact

Of the ~1800 homes destroyed in the CO floods, we aim to empower 200 families to rebuild their homes Safer, Smarter and Stronger (assuming a 15-20 percent rebuild rate). For the entire community we aim to: Increase awareness of existing sustainable rebuilding efforts; Increase awareness of resources available to help communities rebuild efficient and resilient; Help communities mitigate and prepare for disaster by having sustainable rebuilding processes and networks already in place.

Funding Information

This project has been retired and is no longer accepting donations.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


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Project Leader

Amy Alcorn

Fort Collins, Co United States

Where is this project located?

Map of Sustainable Rebuilding After the Colorado Floods
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