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Providing Effective Disaster Aid

Handling unsolicited in-kind product donations following a disaster is often referred to as "the second disaster." Disaster response organizations often use the phrase "cash is best" to inform potential donors how to make the best, most positive impact when responding to an event. In-kind donations are an effective way to help, but only when requested and coordinated with organizations capable of distributing to survivors. Two new blog entries from Ollie Davidson, advisor to the Business Civic Leadership Center of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, explore how businesses can engage in effective in-kind donations and and the true cost associated with them.

Learning Opportunities

FEMA is hosting a monthly webinar on continuity of operations. These webinars address topics including threat analysis, preparedness, response, recovery, and more. These 45-minute interactive webinars are held the first Wednesday of every month at 2pm EST. For more information, visit

Spring Storms and Flooding Update

Long-term recovery needs continue to emerge following recent tornado and flooding events. Items still needed include household goods and appliances for Missouri, construction materials for Alabama, and clean-up supplies for Tennessee. A full list of needs shared with ALAN is available on our portal.
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Giving Back

September is National Preparedness Month and the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attack on New York City. ALAN encourages you to remember this day by participating in the "September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance," sponsored in part by the Business Civic Leadership Center of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Find out how you and your organization can participate in this very special event.

One of the Many Faces of ALAN

Richards"I've always been able to make the tough decisions in the heat of battle", says Roy Weeden, Director of Disaster Response for Adventist Community Services (ACS) in Missouri. Weeden has made plenty of tough decisions this spring as ACS and Missouri Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOADs) have responded to flooding and tornado events across the state. ACS specializes in warehousing and distributing the unsolicited in-kind donations that amass after a disaster. Following the tornado in Joplin, ACS trained workers at a large local church to sort "ACS-style," so they could move hundreds of thousands of dollars in goods directly to storm survivors.
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