Workshop Set To Help Nonprofit Organizations Prepare For Disaster

Jeanette A. Tucker, Bogren, Richard C.  |  9/15/2007 12:42:50 AM

News Release Distributed 09/14/07

Nonprofit organizations can learn how to prepare for a hurricane, fire, flood or other disaster and how to communicate effectively with staff, volunteers and supporters at a workshop on Sept. 21.

Sponsored by the LSU AgCenter and the Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations (LANO), the program is designed to help nonprofits prepare for disasters, organizers said.

Participants in the program, called Continuity of Operations Planning, will learn how to use instructions, checklists and forms to prepare for emergencies, said Dr. Jeanette Tucker, an LSU AgCenter family economics specialist.

Tucker said the program includes information on how to:

  • Collect vital information on all employees, board members,
    funding sources and suppliers/vendors
  • Inventory and record information on all equipment, software and furnishings for insurance and recovery purposes
  • Safeguard critical documents and data
  • Develop the memorandums of understanding needed for expense reimbursement, alternate sites and response partnerships
  • Take steps to reduce the impact of a disaster
  • Each participant will receive a copy of Disaster Preparations: Continuity of Operation Planning (COOP) for Nonprofits published by LANO and editable electronic forms, checklists and other resources that can be customized to fit any organization, Tucker said.

    The workshops will be conducted at LSU AgCenter parish offices in Crowley, Covington and Metairie and in Knapp Hall on Highland Road on the LSU AgCenter campus in Baton Rouge from 10 a.m. until noon.

    There is no charge to participate, but registration is required, Tucker said. Individuals can register with Jawan Ross by telephone at 225-925-2390 or on the Internet at jawan@lano.org.

    "By preparing for disaster, you make it more likely that your organization will remain viable and able to serve your clients," Tucker said. "Participants will learn to establish critical response relationships and position their organizations as essential parts of their communities."

    For more information on additional family economics information and related family life topics offered by the LSU AgCenter, visit www.lsuagcenter.com. For local information and educational programs, contact an extension agent in your parish LSU AgCenter office.

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    Contact: Jeanette Tucker at (225) 578-5398 or jtucker@agcenter.lsu.edu
    Writer: Rick Bogren at (225) 578-5839 or rbogren@agcenter.lsu.edu

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