Friday, October 16, 2015

West Virginia VOAD Receives the Governor’s Service Award



VisionLink would like to congratulate the Member Agencies of the West Virginia Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) on receiving the Governor’s Service Award. The award honors WV VOAD’s dedication to service and acknowledges their commitment to volunteerism throughout West Virginia.

The West Virginia VOAD connects various organizations enabling them to work together during disaster, providing response, relief, and recovery.

Below is a copy of the speech and video introducing WV VOAD for the award:



To learn more about the WV VOAD, please visit their website:

www.WVVOAD.org

As a national NVOAD partner, VisionLink is proud to provide an online presence for every state VOAD, as well as the enterprise system behind the scenes to integrate and unify these state sites into a cohesive national system.

To learn more about VisionLink and our work with both the national and state VOADs, please visit our website:

www.VisionLink.org

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Free South Carolina Disaster Home Cleanup Hotline Available Now

Call 1-800-451-1954 for free help from local relief agencies

BOULDER, Colo. – Oct. 7, 2015 – From now through October 31st, Information Technology Disaster Resource Center (www.ITDRC.org), Humanity Road (www.HumanityRoad.org), and VisionLink (www.VisionLink.org), are staffing and supporting a free hotline for the survivors of the South Carolina floods. This hotline will connect survivors with reputable and vetted relief agencies that will assist in cleaning and mucking out homes. All services are free.

“Voluntary relief agencies play a vital role in whole community recovery. The police and fire department can save your life in an emergency, but they do not have the time or resources to help you clean out your home,” said Dr. Douglas Zimmerman, president and CEO of VisionLink. “This partnership helps connect survivors with local relief agencies in your area,” said Joe Hillis, operations Director with ITDRC who along with Humanity Road is providing volunteers to staff the hotlines.

“We are offering this service for the month of October to help facilitate rapid solutions by the various aid agencies standing by to assist those impacted by the floods,” said Cat Graham, Co-Founder and Chief Operations Officer of Humanity Road.  This hotline will alert multiple relief agencies that survivors need help. All services are free and performed by vetted and reputable relief agencies and members of the South Carolina VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster), response times will vary so we ask the citizens of South Caroline for their patience while the teams receive and organize their response to help.

Survivors needing assistance with home cleanup in South Carolina may call: 1-800-451-1954

About VisionLink

VisionLink has been supporting communities since 1991. VisionLink manages millions of client records for our customers, who in turn manage information about human service providers, government agencies, volunteers and donors, and schools and employers in 8,000 communities across the United States and in more than 100 countries around the world.

It is reassuring to know that VisionLink software has been tested like no other. During Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, VisionLink became the nation's system of record for millions of people and thousands of shelters. VisionLink now provides mission critical systems for the American Red Cross (National Shelter System, the Coordinated Assistance Network, and Safe & Well), United Ways, agencies supporting aging adults, federal and state government departments, international pharmaceutical and medical equipment donors, as well as many large and small nonprofit organizations across the nation and around the world.

More information about VisionLink can be found at http://www.VisionLink.org.

Media Contact:
Aaron Titus
303.402.0170x118
titus@visionlink.org


Monday, October 5, 2015

Geo-Tagged Map Shows Impact of Hurricane Joaquin in Real Time


Map illustrates damage reports as hurricane hits North Carolina.


BOULDER, Colo. — Oct. 5, 2015— VisionLink, a community inspired software and consulting company, has developed a free, shareable, real-time, geo-tagged map depicting actual damage reports produced by Hurricane Joaquin.

VisionLink is partnering with local churches and community groups to poll between 2,000-3,000 people throughout North Carolina. The goal is to provide the public, media outlets and participating organizations with locally vetted information about the hurricane’s impact from those living in the storm's path.

“Todays technology allows us to gather information like never before and in this case, directly from those impacted by the hurricane to improve situational awareness and promote whole community recovery. This tool allows anyone in the country to track the impact of this major weather event,” said Dr. Douglas Zimmerman, president and CEO of VisionLink.

VisionLink encourages local and national media to share and embed this unique map on their websites to better educate their audience on the hurricane’s progress and impact. For instructions to view, share or add the map to your own site, please visit: www.HurricaneJoaquinMap.com


About VisionLink

VisionLink has been supporting communities since 1991. VisionLink manages millions of client records for our customers, who in turn manage information about human service providers, government agencies, volunteers and donors, and schools and employers in 8,000 communities across the United States and in more than 100 countries around the world.

It is reassuring to know that VisionLink software has been tested like no other. During Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, VisionLink became the nation's system of record for millions of people and thousands of shelters. VisionLink now provides mission critical systems for the American Red Cross (National Shelter System, the Client Assistance Network, and Safe & Well), United Ways, agencies supporting aging adults, federal and state government departments, international pharmaceutical and medical equipment donors, as well as many large and small nonprofit organizations across the nation and around the world.

More information about VisionLink can be found at http://www.VisionLink.org

Media Contact: 
Ray Thompson
Aaron Titus
303.402.0170x2