Wednesday, June 4, 2008

National Award for Northern Virginia Volunteers

Northern Virginia Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster and the Faith Communities in Action Interfaith Emergency Planning Steering Committee were awarded the 2008 National VOAD Award for "Preparedness Non-Profit Partnership."

NoVa VOAD partnered with the committee to strengthen regional emergency preparedness, response and recovery through four programs:

"Ready–Pack–Go:" a congregational initiative to help members build home emergency kits.

Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Faith Leaders Summit: FCIA collaborated with the local health department to organize a Pandemic Flu Summit for 150 faith community leaders.

FCIA Interfaith Emergency Planning Newsletter: The newsletter promotes emergency issue awareness to more than 900 faith communities and provides program development resources.
Building faith-community relationships with emergency service agencies:

The FCIA committee has representatives on the Citizen Corps Council and the Northern Virginia VOAD and invites the regular attendance and active participation of the Emergency Management Office, the Red Cross, Volunteer Fairfax, Department of Family Services and the Department of Health, and other key groups in their programs.

For more information about the award, contact NoVa VOAD Chair Trish Redmond at (703) 577-3123 or The contact for FCIA is Sandy Chisholm,

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