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The Beginning

To kick off 2007, Temple University VOAD releases this new web site. VOAD (Volunteers Organized Against Disaster) is based at Temple University 's main campus in Philadelphia , Pennsylvania . VOAD is open not only to students, faculty and staff of Temple but also to members of the community. All are encouraged to join VOAD and make a difference!

VOAD was founded as a result of a very successful Hurricane Katrina relief effort. Enough critically needed durable medical equipment was collected to fill a tractor trailer. The initial effort was followed by an even more successful equipment collection which filled an even larger semi truck. It all started with the incredible group of people who are the Institute on Disabilities, joined by many others who make the Temple University community a great place to experience. Responding quickly, Facilities, Temple Police, Parking, Athletics, IT Computer Services, Recycling, and others asked how they could help. Considerable logistic support was provided by PEMA (Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency).

Donations poured in from Philadelphia and across the state of Pennsylvania thanks to the efforts of United Way , Red Cross,, ARC of Pennsylvania, PA Developmental Disabilities Council, Inglis House , PA Protection and Advocacy, United Cerebral Palsy, Pennsylvania Initiative on Assistive Technology (PIAT) and their partners, PA State Independent Living Council, and numerous others.

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The true heroes in the end were the residents of Philadelphia , Pennsylvania and New Jersey who donated equipment and volunteered their time to gather and pack the equipment, then load it and send it on its way to the LATAN organization(Louisiana AssistiveTechnology Access Network) in Baton Rouge , LA.

Temple University VOAD's goal is to carry that spirit forward to build a permanent program in order to prepare AHEAD for times of emergency or disaster.

VOAD is committed to supporting community activities that need assistance.

Join VOAD and make a difference! Email George Heake at [email protected] or call at 215-204-7177.

Temple University VOAD's primary supporters are the Institute on Disabilities and the Center for Preparedness, Research and Practice (CPREP) at Temple University .

About the Institute on Disabilities

The Institute on Disabilities at Temple University is one of the sixty-one University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research and Service funded by the Administration on Developmental Disabilities U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.


The mission of the Center for Preparedness Research, Education and Practice (C-PREP) is to develop research and training initiatives in public policy, epidemiology, risk perception and communication, and basic bio-medical sciences to enhance public health preparedness and to mitigate the physical, psychological and public health impacts of natural and perpetrated disasters.

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