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UMCOR Executive Elected President Of National Disaster Umbrella Group

NEW YORK, May 15, 2006-Tom Hazelwood of the United Methodist Committee on Relief is the new president of the National Voluntary Agencies Active in Disaster (NVOAD). The director of domestic disaster response for UMCOR for since 1998, Mr. Hazelwood will serve a one-year term.

The NVOAD coordinates planning efforts by 41 voluntary and social service agencies responding to disaster, according to a web site description. Disaster preparedness is a high priority for the organization which has a waiting list for membership.

"NVOAD is at a point of unprecedented growth," said Mr. Hazelwood. "The hurricanes of 2004 and 2005 focused attention on the effectiveness of domestic disaster response. The NVOAD has a significant contribution to make through keeping pace with the expectations of its membership and moving forward in a positive way."

In his new role broadened communication, relationship building, and involvement of the membership's top leaders are main goals. Mr. Hazelwood served on the NVOAD board for five years, the past two as vice president. In a previous year he was treasurer.

UMCOR and the NVOAD have a long history of collaboration. In recent time UMCOR teamed with the NVOAD to propose a multi-million-dollar long-term recovery initiative for Hurricane Katrina survivors. Katrina Aid Today, funded by a $66 million federal grant, is now serving evacuee and affected families in more than 30 states through a consortium of voluntary and social service agencies.

Since 1940 UMCOR, the humanitarian agency of the United Methodist Church, has served in disaster response and development programs both in the United States and overseas.