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What's the role of voluntary organizations in disasters?

What's the role of voluntary organizations in disasters? The National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) was founded over 40 years ago in response to the challenges many disaster organizations experienced following Hurricane Camille, a category 5 storm that hit the Gulf Coast. Up until then, numerous governmental, private sector and nonprofit organizations served disaster survivors independently of one another resulting in duplication of effort, and unmet needs.

In 1970, the National VOAD was formed as a forum for sharing knowledge and coordinating resources — money, materials and manpower – throughout the disaster cycle: preparation, response and recovery.

Today, National VOAD, is an association of organizations that mitigate and alleviate the impact of disasters, provide a forum promoting cooperation, communication, coordination and collaboration; and foster more effective delivery of services to communities affected by disaster. It includes more than 100 Member organizations, which represent National members, State VOADs, Local/Regional VOADs and hundreds of other member organizations throughout the country.

In this episode, we talk to Gregory Forrester, President and CEO of the National VOAD in the US.

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