Volcan Inc Launches Pilot Project in South Pacific Islands of Vanuatu to Save Lives and Property from Volcanic Disaster
Released on = March 8, 2007, 8:48 am
Press Release Author = Volcan News
Industry = Non Profit
Press Release Summary = Austin, TX based nonprofit, Volcan Inc., raises funds and support to save villagers from erupting volcanoes in the South Pacific islands of Vanuatu.
Press Release Body = Austin, TX - March 8, 2007 - Austin based nonprofit, Volcan Inc., continues their fundraising campaign to help indigenous peoples of the South Pacific living on life-threatening, active volcanoes in the country of Vanuatu.
Volcan Inc. launched their website in mid-February to announce their presence into the world of volcano hazard mitigation. Volcan's team of scientists and professionals identify communities living on active volcanoes which may not be getting sufficient support and funding to protect their populations from harm due to volcanic hazards.
Volcan will be sending their Volcanic Hazards Mitigation Team to the island nation of Vanuatu in May and June of this year. Their projects will include continued volcano monitoring efforts at Vanuatu's most active and dangerous volcanoes and to establish a working relationship with the local scientists and civil defense agencies to reduce the risk to populations living near these hazardous areas.
Volcan Inc. Executive Director and founder Steven Clegg says, "We are excited to return to Vanuatu so that we may continue our efforts to preserve and protect the beautiful people and their incredibly diverse culture."
"Many times these small pockets of indigenous populations are overlooked by larger agencies and organizations," Clegg explains, "and attention is not paid to these at-risk communities until after disaster strikes. We think that this is a great tragedy and hope to identify and assist areas in the world that have been overlooked, that are under funded, and are in need of outside support and avoid disaster before it happens."
Volcan Inc. also provides educational programs and presentations in the U.S. to local schools and organizations. Their educational staff demonstrates through their presentations the beauty and danger posed by volcanoes and how humans are affected by erupting volcanoes all over the world.