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SAMU First Response Attends The National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster Conference

SAMU First Response had the privilege of attending the National VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster) Conference that occurred on May 6 to May 9, 2024 in Phoenix, AZ. VOAD was formed over 50 years ago in response to many challenges that disaster organizations experienced with the duplication of efforts and many needs unmet in a disaster. Since then, VOAD has been founded as a forum for sharing knowledge and coordinating resources throughout the disaster cycle: preparation, response, and recovery. The four-day conference provided an opportunity for organizations active in disaster to learn from the experience of others who are working towards the same goal of helping others.

At the conference, our staff members were able to participate in lectures and discussions that ranged from sustainable recovery efforts and the importance of community involvement to practical insights into managing FEMA grants and innovative approaches for non-profits. Workshops emphasized collaboration, effective communication, and the involvement of diverse stakeholders in supporting affected families and communities. There were also workshops that explored the latest developments in disaster case management, Multi-Agency Resource Centers, and no-cost training resources to enhance operational capabilities.

The 2024 National VOAD Conference was a testament to the dedication and collaboration within the disaster response community. Our team members left with not only enhanced knowledge, but also valuable connections that will undoubtedly strengthen our work in disaster relief and recovery.