Nonprofits are poorly prepared for disasters. Here’s what they can do. [News, 10.24]


Nonprofits Poorly Prepared for Disasters, Study Says (WaPo, 10/24) – “a capacity to deal with just 5 percent of the likely need for food and shelter and with no comprehensive communication system to coordinate efforts, according to an emergency preparedness plan released yesterday” by Deloitte and the Nonprofit Roundtable. Chuck Bean: “The cup is more than half full. We are better prepared today than we were yesterday,” but “there’s more to do.”

What can you do?
1) Work with your organization to make sure you have continuity of operations plan. Click for a free template for nonprofits.
2) Get involved in your local Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD). Contact Eric Giles (egiles@nonprofitroundtable.org) for more information.
3) Click here for more info from the Nonprofit Roundtable.

(Related: Nonprofit Organizations “Critical” in Emergency Preparedness (WAMU, 10/24)

EDUCATION
Md. – Deasy Lieutenant Takes Over System in Pr. George’s County (WaPo, 10/24).
U.S. Only Industrialized Nation Where Youth Less Likely Than Parents To Graduate High School (AHN, 10/24) – Okay, that’s absurd.

PHILANTHROPY
– Grantmakers: Don’t miss two great events on Nov. 12!
Rising ‘Culture of Giving’ Expands on the Internet (onPhilanthropy, 10/22) – by Jean Case of the Case Foundation (WG member).

FORECLOSURES

Citi Foundation Grant Will Support LISC Foreclosure Response Programs in Eight Cities (wire, 10/23) – not our region, but interesting  nevertheless, eh?

ENVIRONMENT
Severe Effect on Weather, Wildlife, Water Levels Foreseen by Panel (WaPo, 10/24)

MENTAL HEALTH
D.C. Mental health agency targets bankrupt, foreclosed, jobless (Examiner, 10/23) with its
“Help for Stressful Economic Times” program.

Have a fabulous weekend.
-Nick