Minneapolis, Aug. 26, 2010 –ALAN President Jock Menzies, Director of Operations Kathy Fulton, and Portal Administrator Jeff Tanner recently participated in exercises designed to test the National Donations Management Network. A national exercise was conducted in July and included participants from state emergency management agencies and National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (National VOAD). During the exercise volunteer agencies post needs, state coordinators make those needs visible using the Aidmatrix portal technology, and ALAN posts donations to satisfy the needs. These exercises allow participants to practice using the technology prior to an actual disaster. ALAN's participation has allowed us to establish relationships with state and volunteer organizations, creating the trust necessary to work together during an actual disaster. Through these relationships ALAN has been invited to participate in the planning of a national disaster exercise.
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