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Volunteerism is a Year-Round Event
The weeks between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day seem to bring out the best in people. We get excited about sharing our time, talents, and treasures with organizations that serve those less fortunate than ourselves. But needs extend beyond the holidays. Disasters and the hardships that accompany them occur every day. And the organizations that provide relief during these disasters respond every day as well. Want to get involved? Contact an ALAN officer, and we'll help identify where your specific skills can be put to best use – year-round.

The Role of Business in Disaster Response
ALAN representatives recently attended events addressing the role of business in disaster response. The first, hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Business Civic Leadership Center, focused on how businesses and non-profits can work together to serve disaster survivors. Several tangible goals were discussed, including facilitating more skills-based volunteerism. Read Gerald McSwiggen's blog about the event.

The second event, co-hosted by Northwest Arkansas Community College, Walmart, and ASIS, featured discussions on Business Emergency Operations Centers as an approach to connect business with government and nonprofit needs while offering business-critical situation analysis. View the presentations from this conference.

Supply Chain Resilience Project Seeks Input
The Mid-Atlantic Supply Chain Resilience Project cultivates private-public involvement to enhance regional readiness for a catastrophic event in Washington D.C. or surrounding states. This group has identified several key strategies necessary for supply chain resilience.

The current working draft of the Strategic Playbook is scheduled to be finalized by Dec. 16, 2011 and is currently open for review. If you have comments or suggestions for the final draft, please contact Philip J. Palin.

FEMA Seeks Private Sector Representatives
FEMA is currently accepting applications for a loaned executive to serve a three-month rotation as the private sector representative in the National Response Coordination Center (NRCC). In the event of a disaster, this individual will work with industry and retailers to fulfill the following objectives:

  • • Leverage private sector capabilities to contribute to disaster relief.
  • • Supervise the status of private sector facilities in impacted areas.
  • • Oversee private sector requirements for emergency power, security, access, etc. to get them up and running.

To learn more about this position, contact Ashley Small at FEMA.

The Many Faces of ALAN
This month, we want to spotlight those for whom we are truly thankful... each of you who contribute your time, treasure, and talents to support disaster relief. You really make a difference. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!