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As the lead agency for Donations and Volunteer Management, Ohio EMA determines the need to activate a toll free Donations Hotline or open a Donation Warehouse. Other planning efforts continue through Volunteer Reception Center concepts and how donations operations specifically coordinate into long-term recovery operations and groups. As a part of this program, the Plans Branch instructs the G-288 Donations Management Workshop at state and county levels to governmental and volunteer organizations.
During emergencies, unplanned deliveries of donated goods and services to a disaster site can jam distribution channels, overwhelm volunteer agencies and hamper life-saving operations. This system is designed to receive, process and distribute a wide variety of donated goods and services that are given and sought to assist disaster victims.