SAN LUIS OBISPO – An organization that helps coordinate disaster-relief efforts throughout San Luis Obispo County was presented with a $15,000 donation from PG&E on Thursday (Nov. 29).
Officials with Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster, or VOAD, were presented with the oversized check at United Way of San Luis Obispo County offices. Rick London, VOAD chair and CEO of United Way, was among the large group accepting the check during the organization’s regularly held board meeting.
VOAD provides a unique service in San Luis Obispo County by bringing together nonprofit organizations, government agencies and companies involved in disaster preparedness, response and recovery. The organization helps facilitate coordination and collaboration among various agencies, including the American Red Cross, Salvation Army and San Luis Obispo County Office of Emergency Services.
PG&E often works with VOAD on disaster preparedness efforts. Most recently, VOAD lined up volunteers for DCPP siren tests in August; there are 131 sirens throughout San Luis Obispo County that are tested for sound annually.
The $15,000 PG&E grant will be used for disaster volunteer management and for developing an emergency communications system. VOAD has plans – working with partner agencies – to open and manage disaster volunteer centers and sponsor exercises to evaluate and improve emergency communication practices.