Category Archives: Disaster

DISASTER WITHIN A DISASTER

Eileen Reilly Buzzello Most of us are aware of the flooding problems experienced this spring in our neighboring states of Vermont and Massachusetts. Our own Maine VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Assisting in Disaster) has been part of a team in Vermont … Continue reading

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WHEN DISASTER STRIKES – ARE YOU READY?

By Eileen Buzzello You may not think of Maine and disaster in the same sentence, but we do have them. Luckily we don’t experience volcanoes and earthquakes, but we do have hurricanes and tornadoes – not to mention spring flooding. … Continue reading

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SEPTEMBER NATIONAL PREPAREDNESS MONTH EXPANDS ITS REACH by Darren Fishell September marks the beginning of National Preparedness Month — a joint effort of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Citizen Corps, and the Ad Council — and over 3,100 organizations nationwide have … Continue reading

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An emergency plan is something every organization should have…

By Michael Aiguier An emergency plan is something every organization should have. Here in Maine, we generally have something in place for when we get snowed in, or the electricity goes out, and these are aspects of any good emergency … Continue reading

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The Weakness of Compassion?

By Martin J Cowling In a few weeks time, the Blaine House Conference on Volunteerism will convene under the theme: Compassion-Action-Change. As I prepare my presentations for the conference, I have been reflecting on these three words and particularly the … Continue reading

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Volunteers: a help or hindrance

By Larry Ullian I’ve read somewhere and have heard that salaried people consider volunteers more trouble than they’re worth. This seems to be an opinion most often expressed by people in emergency management and related professions – e.g., firefighters, emergency … Continue reading

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A very interesting article on gas, the economy, and philanthropy. How will the changing economic times effect Maine’s volunteer sector? Check it out. Charities Crushed Under Soaring Demand They are serving more and more needy people while donations dry up … Continue reading

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SMCOAD: A Case Study, Part III

Guest Post by Mimi Mills Editor’s Note: This is the second of a three part series about Southern Maine Community Organizations Active in Disaster (SMCOAD). Part I focused on the mission and history of SMCOAD. Part II focused on the … Continue reading

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SMCOAD: A Case Study, Part II

Guest Blog by Mimi Mills Editor’s Note: This is the second of a three part series about Southern Maine Community Organizations Active in Disaster (SMCOAD). Part I focused on the mission and history of SMCOAD. Part II focuses on the … Continue reading

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SMCOAD: A Case Study, Part I

Guest Blog by Mimi Mills Editor’s Note: This is the first of a three part series about Southern Maine Community Organizations Active in Disaster (SMCOAD). Part I focuses on the mission and history of SMCOAD. Part II focuses on the … Continue reading

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