The disasters of 2010 brought together many partners from the federal, state and local levels to meet the needs of families and individuals. Whether through providing disaster case management services, helping assess damage to homes or providing in-kind and financial resources public and private organizations came together to help meet the needs of Iowans. While we each do our part to help people achieve recovery there are many moving parts. It is important to understand how each of these parts fit together to complete the picture for individuals and families.
The state network of agencies and partners that help to provide disaster services want to make sure that communication, information sharing and networking remain a priority. Along with the extension of the FEMA Voluntary Agency Liaison’s through February we thought it would be beneficial to build on the conversations that were started last month. There will be 4 separate Disaster Services Partner meetings held across the state.
The goal is for you to be able to meet and talk with local representatives from the County Emergency Management Agency, Long-Term Recovery Committee, Iowans Helping Iowans Unmet Needs Disaster Assistance Program, Disaster Case Management advocates and others. This will be a time for you to ask questions and learn how to best collaborate in your local communities to meet the needs of Iowans after disasters.
Please feel free to pass this message on to others in your community, as appropriate. At each meeting we strategically drafted a list of attendees to make sure that there was representation from organizations that serve the same county and/or region. This should help strengthen partnerships at the local level.
We hope that you can join your peers at the Disaster Services Partner meeting in your region. Please RSVP to Tiffany Keimig (email@example.com) to let us know you will be in attendance.
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