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National Volunteer Conference addressed by FEMA administrator Craig Fugate

Published on 18 May 2010
NVOAD helps in developing strong understanding to deal with disasters
The annual conference is a meeting ground for volnteer and non-profit organizations

The annual conference brings volunteer organizations together to share knowledge and coordinate to help disaster survivors and their communities.

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Craig Fugate on Thursday addressed the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (National VOAD) conference in Orlando. FEMA and National VOAD also signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) at the conference to broaden the communication and coordination between FEMA and National VOAD's committees.

"Volunteer organizations are an important part of every community, which makes them equally important to the nation's emergency management team," said Fugate. "It's the faith-based and non-profit groups that know their communities best, and by strengthening the partnerships between us, we can help keep the people we serve safe."

"This is an exciting day for National VOAD to have Administrator Fugate at our conference," said Diana Rothe-Smith, Executive Director of National VOAD. "The signing of this MOU shows that FEMA understands that National VOAD is a part of the team."

National VOAD is a coalition of more than 50 non-profit and faith-based organizations and state and local groups that participate in disaster response. The annual conference brings volunteer organizations together to share knowledge and coordinate to help disaster survivors and their communities.

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