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Development Plan Finetunes Focus for ALAN
Fundraising is one of the least favorite responsibilities of ALAN leadership, but a recent development plan for the organization points to the critical role such contributions play in continuing ALAN's important relief work. In coming months, we will be exploring new ways to generate funding, including creative approaches like the eyefortransport auction described below. We welcome your ideas – and contributions!

Eyefortransport's Charity Auction to Benefit ALAN
During this year's 3PL Summit June 18 – 20, eyefortransport will hold a charity silent auction to benefit both ALAN and Chicago Children's Charities. Chris Saynor, CEO of eyefortransport, hopes that the event will encourage the logistics industry to come together to give back, even in these tough times. If you'd like to donate a prize for the auction, please contact Saynor.

Want to Work with FEMA?
Businesses seeking to work with FEMA following disasters should contact the FEMA Industry Liaison Program and enroll in the Central Contractor Registration (CCR) database. Through this program local businesses receive visibility into FEMA's requirements and assist FEMA in the preparedness, protection, response, recovery, and mitigation of disasters. This private-public partnering benefits local economies and supports "whole community" involvement in disaster response.

National VOAD Conference May 7-10
The 2012 Annual Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) Conference will be held May 7– 10, 2012, at the Marriott Waterside Hotel in Norfolk, Virginia. The conference represents the largest gathering of emergency management individual assistance professionals in the country – ranging from federal, state, and local governments to nonprofits, voluntary agencies, corporations, and academic institutions. Information on registration, exhibiting, and sponsorship is now available.

Many Faces of ALAN
Kevin Smith
Nearly 70 percent of Gulf Coast residents don't have disaster plans or kits – a statistic that Kevin Smith is hoping to change. As director of the Emergency Disaster Services program in the Florida division of The Salvation Army, Smith sees firsthand how critical these items are in getting people back to work after a disaster. "Once businesses are back up and running, then they can become part of the solution and ... offer their services to help communities recover." In addition to promoting personal and business disaster preparedness, Smith and his team handle everything from coordinating logistics to delivering physical, emotional, and spiritual care.