Chicago, IL (PressExposure) April 16, 2011 -- The result of the conference is a five-part plan directing local and national policymakers to integrate NGOs into emergency response and recovery policies. The research group recommends immediate action to:
define and formalize NGO roles and responsibilities
create guidance on allocation of resources and ensure priority to local nonprofits who are pre-screened and approved to respond to disasters
increase community capacity to deliver seamless services through NGO partnerships
improve information exchange among organizations, government agencies and community residents
pursue a research agenda that focuses on evidence-based implementation
"Allstate and The Allstate Foundation are leaders in catastrophe response, and we are constantly looking for ways to better serve local communities when they need us most - that's what the Good Hands promise is all about," said Vicky Dinges, vice president public social responsibility, Allstate. "Not only do NGOs have a responsibility to help better prepare and protect Americans, they also have the resources and local knowledge to propel recovery from the front lines should a disaster strike."
Research from the project shows that NGO participation helps local authorities overcome common catastrophe response challenges and move from recovery to revitalization. While there are few plans that define their role, NGOs are uniquely positioned to deliver the manpower, information, direct services and financial support needed to build community resilience and weather a manmade or natural disaster.
"Our charge to policy makers is to make connections within their community, leverage the assets of NGOs and improve communication before, during and after a crisis," said Retired Admiral Thad Allen, National Incident Commander, Deepwater Horizon Unified Command and a senior fellow at the RAND Corporation, a nonprofit research organization. "The Allstate Foundation's work to revitalize neighborhoods in post-Katrina New Orleans and their experience with catastrophe preparedness has informed our research and helped translate this research into action."\
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This release was originally posted to the Allstate Newsroom on April 1st, 2011
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