INDIANAPOLIS — Hundreds of leaders in disaster preparedness
and response will meet May 13-15 for the 22nd annual conference of National
Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster.
The Indiana chapter will host the conference at the J.W.
Marriott Indianapolis, 10 S. West St. Purdue Extension is a member of the
Anyone interested in disaster preparedness, response or
recovery can attend.
The conference is expected to attract 400-500 leaders from
all 50 states, several U.S. territories and more than 50 national organizations,
said Abby Hostetler, a Purdue Extension Disaster Education Network
communications specialist and host committee co-chair.
“This annual event provides educational opportunities and a
chance for the VOAD members to communicate so they can coordinate and
collaborate when disasters strike,” Hostetler said.
Organizations to be represented at the conference have
brought in millions of dollars of resources to Indiana during disasters since
the widespread, devastating floods of 2008, said Steven Cain, EDEN homeland
security project director and also host committee co-chair.
“It is a pleasure to invite them to Indiana to plan for
cooperation in future disasters, whether those disasters are in Indiana or
anywhere in the nation and U.S. territories,” he said.
Conference registration is available at
http://nvoad.org/events. Early registration with discounted fee ends April 11.
National VOAD is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, membership-based
organization that serves as a forum for its 111 member organizations to share
knowledge and resources to help communities prepare for and recover from
Member organizations include 55 of the nation’s faith-based,
community-based and other non-governmental organizations. It also includes 56
state and territory coalitions representing local and regional VOADs.