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Cathy McCann, Food Bank of NJ/NJ State Voluntary Agencies Active in Disasters - 908-242-3960
Lt. Joseph Geleta, NJOEM 609-963-6970
May 14, 2012

Donations Are Still Needed For Voluntary
Organizations Serving Irene Survivors

National Donations Management Systems Remains Activated in NJ

It has been approximately 9 months since Hurricane Irene made landfall in New Jersey. Hurricane Irene is the costliest natural disaster to strike our state in decades. To date, over 90,000 New Jerseyans have registered for FEMA assistance, with over $173.9 million approved.

New Jersey’s private-non-profit, voluntary, faith-based and community organizations have also aided Hurricane Irene survivors providing meals, clean-up kits, volunteer assistance with debris removal and clean-up, clothing, household items, hygiene kits, case management and countless other goods, supplies and services needed to help Irene survivors transition from response into recovery. Despite this successful effort, the needs of disaster survivors continue. The resources of these service organizations are limited and need to be replenished.

In order to aid long-term recovery efforts, the NJ Office of Emergency Management has continued to activate the NJ State Donations Management Plan, in partnership with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the National Donations Management Network. It is using a FEMA-funded, web-based donations management tool called the National Donations Management Network to add efficiency and accountability to the donations management process.

Through the National Donations Management Network, the NJOEM has the ability to accept and distribute donated goods to those in need. Below is a list of items currently needed:

  • Building Materials (sheet rock, nails, spackle, paint)
  • Sump Pumps
  • Hot Water Heaters
  • Furnaces
  • Appliances (washers, dryers, refrigerators)
  • Small appliances (toasters, toaster ovens, coffee makers etc.)
  • Mattresses
  • Towels & Bedding
  • Air Conditioner Units
  • Bicycles
  • Sewing Machines
  • Furniture (chairs, tables, dressers, etc. - new or gently used)

By using the National Donations Management Network, and by working in partnership with State and County Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters, the NJOEM will screen offers for donated goods and allocate them to the areas where the need for specific items has been identified. Private-non-profit organizations can provide receipts for tax purposes.


  • What is the National Donations Management Network (NDMN)?
    • The National Donations Management Network, powered by the Aidmatrix Network, is a public-private partnership between the state of New Jersey, the New Jersey Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NJVOAD) and the public.
    • The Aidmatrix Network® is a national disaster relief coordination system funded by FEMA, The UPS Foundation, Accenture, and the Aidmatrix Foundation, Inc. to better manage unsolicited donations and volunteers.
  • How does the National Donations Management Network, work?
    • Donors make offers to the State
    • Online donation tools are integrated into the State website where donors make donations of goods and services. In some cases, the state is also able to accept phone offers, which will then be entered into the Aidmatrix program. At this this time, all offers will be accepted online, not by phone.
    • The Donation Coordination Team Allocates offers to the State and County VOAD’s.
    • Donations management software replaces pen and paper record keeping. Offers can quickly be shared with VOAD members and processed once accepted. Administrative burdens are lessened, allowing valuable resources to focus on relief work.
    • VOAD Members review, accept and receive Offers. VOAD members can view, accept offers and process donations 24x7 online. Real-time inventory tracking, sorting and distribution tools enable goods to move in and out quickly. Offers and needs are easily communicated and matched. The result: More relief is delivered to more people in need.

Additional Web Links, and for information:

For information by phone, contact:
Cathy McCann | Vice President of Operations |Community FoodBank of New Jersey & NJ Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster: 908-242-3960

To donate using the National Donations Management Network, use the New Jersey entry portal: http://www.aidmatrixnetwork.org/fema/States.aspx?ST=New%20Jersey

National Donations Management Network: www.ndmn.us – to donate, click on the State of New Jersey. Once in New Jersey's portal click on Product Donations and enter the items being donated. Based on information supplied, the State will then allocate the resource to the County in need.

NJOEM: www.ready.nj.gov

About Aid Matrix: http://aidmatrixnetwork.org/

FEMA Hurricane Irene Page – State of NJ: http://www.fema.gov/news/event.fema?id=15536



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