Arlington, Va. (PRWEB) August 20, 2012
As the U.S. faces the worst drought in more than 25 years, National VOAD announced today a new task force to assess unmet and emerging needs in communities that have been impacted by severe drought conditions.
The taskforce is headed by Steve Cain, EDEN Homeland Security Project Director at Purdue University and Chair for the Indiana VOAD.
National VOAD, Drought Taskforce will monitor the effects the national drought has on economic sectors, communities, and ecosystems and deliver recommendations for a whole community response. Focus areas for the taskforce:
1. Recognize the challenges in communities that have been impacted by severe drought conditions
2. Identify what National VOAD members and partners are doing already
3. Set drought response priorities based on National VOAD mission
4. Design a process for engagement and roles for action for the National VOAD agencies
“We are declaring the drought a national disaster in the VOAD network,” said John Robinson, National VOAD President. “I would like to make a call for all members to coordinate their response and prepare for what may yet come, including long term recovery.”
Please visit http://www.nvoad.org for up to date information and resource that the task force isworking on.
To schedule an interview with National VOAD or any of the partnering VOAD agencies regarding their roles this disasters, contact James McGowan, Associate Executive Director of Partnership, 703-778-5089.
National VOAD, or National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster, is a national coordinating body for fifty (53) major community-based and faith-based disaster response organizations and 55 state and territorial affiliates, with corporate and governmental partners. 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.