Posted by: Craig Fugate, Administrator
As I’ve been saying in several video updates this week, the entire emergency management team is busy preparing for and responding to Hurricane Irene. As part of our efforts, we’re working closely with voluntary and faith-based organizations, especially those part of the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters (National VOAD).
This important partnership is vital in helping communities and individuals prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters – because these organizations act as invaluable links to the communities they regularly serve. National VOAD is the forum where organizations share knowledge and resources throughout the disaster cycle – preparation, response and recovery – to help disaster survivors and their communities. Members of National VOAD form a coalition of nonprofit organizations that respond to disasters as part of their overall mission.
This afternoon, I held a call with Mickey Caison, President of National VOAD (www.NVOAD.org) and Director of Southern Baptist Disaster Relief (Southern Baptist Relief), and Major George Hood, National Community Relations and Development Secretary for The Salvation Army – two organizations commonly at the forefront of disaster response in the U.S. On the call, we discussed how the resources of the federal family and the hundreds of voluntary and faith-based organizations throughout the U.S. can best support state, local, and tribal responders, if additional help is needed.
Washington D.C., DC, August 26, 2011 -- FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate (left) and Major George Hood, National Community Relations and Development Secretary for the Salvation Army listen in on a conference call with Mickey Caison, President of National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD) and Director, Southern Baptist Disaster Relief. They are discussing current operations of NVOAD members in preparations for Hurricane Irene.
If your area may be affected by Hurricane Irene, I urge you to take steps now to get prepared, and follow the direction of local officials. Visit Ready.gov/hurricanes for tips on keeping your family safe, and visit weather.gov for the latest forecast conditions in your area from the National Weather Service.
And in case you aren’t familiar with the work of voluntary or faith-based organizations, here are some visuals of their efforts during the past few months :
Double Springs, AL, May 6, 2011 -- A Southern Baptist volunteer worker prepares to feed storm survivors at the First Baptist Church following tornadoes in Alabama.
Raleigh, NC, May 12, 2011 -- The Salvation Army staff partner with the Green Chair Project to help disaster survivors in North Carolina re-furnish their homes. The Green Chair Project makes donated home furnishings available at a low cost to individuals and families identified and referred to Green Chair by its partner agencies.
Wadena, MN, June 22, 2010 -- An American Red Cross emergency vehicle provides meals and beverages to volunteers at the Wadena City Cemetery which sustained severe tree damage during the June 17, 2010 F4 tornado.