AUSTIN, Texas -- The State of Texas and the Aidmatrix Network for Disaster Relief have partnered to better manage unsolicited donations and volunteers in response to Hurricane Ike.?
The Aidmatrix Network, a national disaster relief coordination system funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), connects state and local governments with donors, State Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOADs), National VOAD, and FEMA through web-based tools that reduce paperwork and allow for easy information sharing.
This private/public partnership significantly reduces the waste and inefficiencies associated with spontaneous donations of goods, services and people's time.
The Texas response web site, www.texasresponds.org, is the central site for information on how to make donations in support of Texas relief efforts. Donors can use the web site to determine exactly what is needed, by whom and where, and then respond with offers of goods, services or money.
Information is collected electronically which, in turn, allows the state to easily communicate with the members of the state's VOAD group.? The end result is that more quality donations can be processed and delivered to the hurricane victims more efficiently.
Examples of donations that have been accepted through the Texas portal in response to Hurricane Ike are:
- $175,000 in cleaning supplies and 50 toilets accepted by Convoy of Hope; and
- $41,000 of Quantum shirts accepted by Adventist Community Services.
In addition, donations of heater meals, sand bags, diesel fuel, house products and bottled water have not been accepted by any organization yet.
The Aidmatrix Foundation, Inc. technology helps enhance participation, amplify contributions, and accelerate results for humanitarian relief.? More than 35,000 corporate, nonprofit and government partners leverage its solutions to mobilize more than $1.5 billion in aid annually worldwide.? The donated goods, money and services impact the lives of more than 65 million people.? Aidmatrix is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization with headquarters in Dallas. Its web site is www.aidmatrix.org.
FEMA coordinates the federal government's role in preparing for, preventing, mitigating the effects of, responding to, and recovering from all domestic disasters, whether natural or man-made, including acts of terror.