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Local Agencies Team Up to Help with Disaster Recovery
Written by Lindsey Burnworth
Last updated on January 10, 2013 @ 8:19PM
Created on January 10, 2013 @ 6:39PM
Ever since Hurricane Sandy hit our area in late October, recovery efforts have been in full swing.
 
On Thursday, some local agencies took another step forward with the clean up.
 
The state's Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster met with local emergency officials and organizations to start a local group.
 
VOAD will bring a network of organizations together to be active in the case of another disaster.
 
they'll also provide more effective responses to those disasters for everyone in the state.

This group will be for 10 counties, including Randolph, Upshur, Barbour, and Lewis.  
 
Church groups, emergency offices, and other community groups got together to make a game plan for future disasters.
 
They were also discussing ways to continue recovery after sandy.
 
The help they'll provide will include financial support as well as sending teams to help rebuild damaged buildings and homes.
 
"It's important to coordinate, to have the coordination and collaboration amongst everyone, so that everyone knows what the other is doing. If you're working like that together then you won't be repeating somebody or repeating what the other person is doing, and it keeps you from repeating doing things," said Jenny Gannaway, state chair of VOAD.
 
At the meeting, they focused on the four phases of a disaster: preparation, response, recovery, and mitigation.

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