Homeland Security and Emergency Services

Individual and Community Recovery Resources

2018 Collaborative Coalition Conference Presentations

The 2018 Collaborative Coalition Conference held on April 11th in Latham, NY represented a gathering of NY State and local voluntary organizations active in disaster, along with emergency management professionals from federal, state and local government, to network and share best practices for disaster assistance and recovery. The following presentations from the conference highlight the topics discussed (click on each to play the video):

Opening Remarks
Jamie Marcella, Bill Dugan

Trends in Emergency Management
Terry Hastings

Working Together with Emergency Management
Laura Del Prete, Jill Cornell

New York VOAD 2018
Peter Gudaitis

Panel Discussion: Setting Up a MARC
Nicholas Croce, Meryl Hulse, Betty Joan Beaudry, Julio Saenz

FEMA Individual Assistance
Iris Epsenhart

The conference concluded with a lively facilitated discussion on a wide range of topics, from access and functional needs to animals and pet care.  The following are some related resources for more information.

Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) and Community Organizations Active in Disaster (COAD)


National VOAD


Local VOAD Entities

VOAD map


Other assistance may be available in your community. Search the 2-1-1 data bases of services or call 2-1-1.







For more info: IAinfo@dhses.ny.gov