Steve Cain, EDEN Homeland Security Project Director is chairing the NVOAD (National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster) Drought and Wildfire Taskforce. The taskforce is charged with identifying problems and opportunities, aligning those with the VOAD mission and designing a process of engagement for members and states.

The taskforce has four working groups, community, family and individual, farm operations, and procedural. Needs and issues being examined are :

Loss of farmers
Migrant labor
Quality degradation
Crop and livestock
Cropping shifts
Locating hay

Economic stress
Family stress
House foundations
River navigation
River and reservoir recreation
Land and community reclamation
Scarce water
Bird migration
Future mitigation
Rainwater harvesting
Population shifts
Drought long-term recovery
Wildfire long-term recovery
Emotional and spiritual care
Community development

For more information and team member directory go to the EDEN Drought Page – NVOAD .

Kim Cassel