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Storm Shelter Pilot Program Wins Award at VOAD Conference

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A nonprofit coalition that includes Upbring Disaster Response received the Innovative Program of the Year Award at the 2015 National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) Annual Conference.

The award, sponsored by the UPS Foundation, recognized the partnership for their Storm Shelter Pilot Program, which was developed for families in areas affected by tornado outbreaks, including Moore, Oklahoma.

Upbring’s role in the program

Upbring Disaster Response is the case manager and point of contact for the storm shelter program in the Moore, OK, area. The case management role includes working directly with families to determine what type of shelter would best fit their needs, and advocate for the families as they journey through this process.

The pilot program serves as the platform for creating and implementing national guidelines for future tornado-impacted communities around the country. The program’s goal was to install between 100-200 storm shelters during ongoing long-term recovery operations. During the year-long pilot, 206 families in the greater Oklahoma City area received tornado storm shelters. Another 200 are expected to be installed in the duration of the project.

The steering committee that designed and implemented the program included Upbring Disaster Response (formerly  LSS Disaster Response), Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH), Lutheran Disaster Response, Oklahoma Disaster Recovery Project, Rebuilding Together, The Salvation Army, Samaritan’s Purse, and World Renew

“We are grateful to the VOAD partners for the opportunity to be a part of this important and historic initiative,” said Mark Minick, Upbring senior vice President for external relations. “The recognition from this award brings awareness to the ongoing efforts that are underway to help impacted families, and those potentially impacted in the future.”

To learn more about the Storm Shelter Program, read our recent BLOG.

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