Disaster relief groups are individual organizations and groups, which we define as entities that have a high degree of affinity and freely share information within themselves. An example would be a, VOAD (voluntary organization active in disasters), a community-based nonprofit organization or an local grassroots relief group.  Many of these solutions overlap with our recommended FLO Solutions for Nonprofit Organizations.  We recommend reviewing that before focusing on the set of additional, disaster-specific tools that increase capacities and enable groups to interact and share with a larger relief network.

Disaster relief networks are the entire community of groups active in a specific disaster relief effort in a geographic area. An example of this would be the Superstorm Sandy disaster relief community.  These types of relief networks are often small or dormant before a disaster takes place and rapidly increase in size and scope after a disaster. These networks consist of local VOAD organizations, government agencies, large disaster relief organizations, community-based nonprofits, local response groups and others. Efficient and effective disaster relief is facilitated by extensive coordination, so whether or not relief groups consider themselves in the same network, they should all strive to be.

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