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National VOAD and Potential Impacts of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill on Disaster Assistance EMPOWER Webinar

EMPOWER Invites You to Attend a Free Webinar Tuesday, July 27, 2010 – 12:00 Noon EST

National VOAD and Potential Impacts of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill on Disaster Assistance”

The Emergency Management Professional Organization for Women in Emergency Management (EMPOWER) invites you to a one hour, interactive Webinar on Tuesday, July 27, 2010, beginning at 12:00 Noon Eastern time (please convert to your local time). This program is presented in partnership with EMForum (www.emforum.org), and both men and women are welcome to participate. Please make plans to join us and feel free to extend this invitation to your colleagues. No advance registration is required. Click here to learn more about EMPOWER’s mission, vision and goals.

National VOAD and Potential Impacts of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill on Disaster Assistance

The National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster, or National VOAD, as more commonly known, is made up of the largest disaster-focused nonprofit organizations in the country. From the American Red Cross to Catholic Charities and The Jewish Federations of North America and from the Salvation Army to Feeding America and Habitat for Humanity International these organizations are the driving force behind disaster response, relief and recovery in this country. There are 51 national nonprofit members, 55 State and Territory VOADs, and hundreds of local and community VOADs throughout the United States. This interactive session will provide an overview of National VOAD, the direct services its members provide, and discuss the impact the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill could have on their delivery of disaster assistance. Issues including the nature of this disaster versus other federally declared events, fundraising in the shadow of a corporate disaster, and health risks of volunteers will all be discussed. More questions than answers will most certainly be raised as each scenario poses its own challenges.


Diana Rothe-Smith is the senior program advisor for National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (National VOAD). She is the most recent past executive director. National VOAD is the forum where organizations share knowledge and resources throughout the disaster cycle—preparation, response, and recovery—to help disaster survivors and their communities. Diana worked to build the infrastructure of the national office to better serve the needs of the state VOADs and national members while meeting the increasing demands on all disaster focused voluntary agencies. Diana now works with projects and programs that have the most immediate impact on the national members to continue to grow the services for members to increase their direct services to communities.

Diana has a graduate certificate in emergency management and organizational continuity from Boston University, and has completed an executive certification in nonprofit leadership from the Center for Social Leadership.


The Webinar is conducted via Microsoft Live Meeting and the Live Meeting Client must be used in order to access the audio. The Live Meeting Client may be downloaded and installed from http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/help/HA101733831033.aspx. System Requirements: Microsoft Windows 2000 or above, sound card, speakers or headset.

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