Hundreds of Emergency Management Personnel and Voluntary Community Leaders Attend Annual Disaster Conference Next Week in Norfolk, VA.

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The 20th Annual Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) Conference is expected to bring over 500 participants to Norfolk during the week of May 7 representing nationwide leadership from faith-based, community and other non-profit organizations, as well as from local, state and federal emergency management agencies and other government organizations. The conference will take place at the Norfolk Waterside Marriott, providing opportunities for continuing education, community service, and networking for this valuable collection of agencies and professionals.

NORFOLK, VA (PRWEB) May 05, 2012

The 20th Annual Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) Conference is expected to bring over 500 participants to Norfolk during the week of May 7 representing nationwide leadership from faith-based, community and other non-profit organizations, as well as from local, state and federal emergency management agencies and other government organizations. The conference will take place at the Norfolk Waterside Marriott, providing opportunities for continuing education, community service, and networking for this valuable collection of agencies and professionals.

  • Tuesday, May 8, Michael Kline, of the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, will greet conference attendees. In addition, National VOAD will sign the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Facebook and Toolbank USA. The same night, National VOAD will present 5 awards to national community-based and faith-based disaster response organizations. One of the top awards of the night is this year’s “Innovative Program,” sponsored and presented by FedEx Corporation.
  • Wednesday, May 9, Federal Emergency Management Agency Deputy Administrator, Rich Serino, will brief national members, state representatives, community leaders, government partners, and other key stakeholders.

  • Thursday, May 10, William “Bill” Read, Director of the National Hurricane Center, will give an overview of the 2011 Hurricane Season and the forecast for the 2012 season
  • All Week, May 7- 10, VOAD agencies and conference attendees will come together to build a shower and tool trailer for local agency’s in State of Virginia.

National VOAD is the national coordinating body for every major community-based and faith-based disaster response organization, including the American Red Cross, United Way Worldwide, The Salvation Army and Feeding America.

The member organizations of National VOAD focus on all stages of disaster: preparedness, relief, response, recovery, and mitigation.

Working collaboratively, the members of National VOAD are the driving force behind disaster recovery in the United States.

To schedule an interview with speakers or any of the partnering VOAD agencies and their roles in disasters, contact James McGowan, associate executive director of partnerships, 202-580-2335
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About National VOAD:

National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster is a leader and voice for the non-profit organizations and volunteers that work in all phases of disaster—preparedness, response, relief, recovery, and mitigation. Members of National VOAD form a coalition of nonprofit organizations that respond to disasters as part of their overall mission.

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