CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A public workshop today seeks to improve how relief organizations coordinate and provide services during long-term recovery efforts following disasters.
"Recovery Tools and Training" is geared toward those involved in leadership of relief and social service organizations, as well as community leaders, disaster care managers and churches. Anyone interested in disaster recovery is also invited to attend.
The workshop is administered by international humanitarian agency Church World Service at the request of West Virginia Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster.
Topics at Recovery Tools and Training will include how to identify disaster survivors most in need, disaster case management, emotional and spiritual care, fundraising and management of financial, in-kind and volunteer resources.
The rationale for the workshop is that when disasters strike, much effort and attention is given to the initial response, but that's not always the case with long-term recovery from those disasters. In addition, lack of communication and coordination can result in organizations providing redundant services.
But by learning how to coordinate efforts among different organizations, disaster recovery is more effective, said Carol Fouke-Mpoyo, a CWS communication specialist.
"It's a bit of a science and it's a bit of an art," she said.
Fouke-Mpoyo said individual organizations — like church congregations, for example — could gain a better understanding of their role in recovery efforts by participating in the workshop.