VOLAGVoluntary Resettlement Agency
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Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency cannot reimburse a VOLAG that proselytizes its religion in the course of dispensing relief assistance to disaster victims.
VOLAGs frequently support and nurture individuals and families after disasters.
In the response phase, VOLAGs furnish resources such as trained personnel, masses of untrained but instrumental helpers, and various facilities.
In recovery operations, VOLAGs work in partnership with government and affected communities to identify and meet the remaining long-term recovery needs of families and individuals.
In disaster mitigation, VOLAGs often press elected and appointed officials to adopt sound land-use planning and zoning, as well as to develop, implement, and enforce appropriate building codes and standards aimed at protecting and safeguarding people and property from disaster.
Funding concerns also led to a history of distrust between VOLAGs, some mainstream service providers and Hmong MAAs that caused less cooperation and a greater sense of competition.