Community Organizations Active in Disasters Summit


The Western Region Homeland Security Advisory Council together with the Franklin Regional Council of Governments presents the Western Massachusetts Community Organizations Active in Disasters Summit on Wednesday, March 26th at the Clarion Hotel in Northampton.

The Summit provides an excellent opportunity for emergency personnel to learn about the wealth of non-governmental, ready-to-serve organizations that exist in their communities and take stock of the vital resources they supply.

Participants will become familiar with the function and mechanics of the emergency response system and learn about the ways in which their particular organization or personal skill fits into the network of volunteers.

Keynote speaker Cathy McCann, Chairperson of NJVOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster)and Vice President of Operations for the Community FoodBank of New Jersey, will describe her experience helping communities prepare for and recover from the mighty slam of Hurricane Sandy in 2012. Under her leadership the NJ VOAD mobilized well in advance of the storm and assisted many thousands of people in need. Ms. McCann received the 2013 Governor’s Jefferson Award for “exceptional community service and acts of charity” as she coordinated emergency response to the storm.

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