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P.O. Box 174
Aurora MN 55705

Phone: 218.305.4100

NACEC History

The story of this organization is an interesting and very enjoyable one. It all started with The Desert Voices Project (1990-1991). Desert Voices was a military family support project from which the concept of NACEC was derived. You can read the Desert Voices Project Story, look at Construction Photos, see some Volunteer Radio Operator Photos and view some of the Post Cards Received From Military Radio Operators in the Middle East. The Desert Voices Project was successfully completed in 1991.

Later in 1991, Mr. Addy, The Desert Voices Projects founder and chief architect, was asked by the Salvation Army to attend a disaster conference at their Chicago facilities covering their Hurricane Andrew operations. A large part of the conference was spent covering the logistical communications problems they encountered caused by the failure of the communications and electrical infrastructure within the disaster area. The list of damaged or destroyed systems covered almost everything from electricity, telephone, television, cable TV, radio and Television broadcast stations to commercial two-way radio, public service radio communications and even law enforcement two-way radio systems, all damaged or brought down by the hurricane.

Mr. Addy was then asked if he could come up with a logistical communications support system that would allow them to better coordinate their future disaster response and relief activities.

In 1992 he put together the Global Voices Project that would deploy to the disaster area to address these communications issues. It would provide local and long distance two-way radio communications support to disaster relief organizations that were working within the effected area. The organization would be 100% volunteer.

in 1993 the name was changed and it was incorporated as The North American Center for Emergency Communications Inc. (NACEC) a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Over the years that followed NACEC was involved in large scale natural disasters which allowed it to directly or indirectly assist nearly 1,000,000 people.

In 2012 major changes were again made by our Board of Directors. The first change is in our primary mission, where it was changed to now provide just communications consulting to the NPO and NGO working within disaster areas. At the same Board meeting Educational Services to help reduce poverty and hunger was added as part of our organizations mission. We have been working on evaluating the need for and adding vocational level educational services in Haiti's mountain region.

Here are some interesting dates in our 20+ year history:

1993 The Global Voices Project assisted The Salvation Army with communications in Des Moines Iowa with the Flood-of-the-Century.
1994 The Global Voices Project name was changed to The North American Center for Emergency Communications Inc. (NACEC), to more closely describe the organizations mission.
1994 NACEC received its 501(c)(3) non-profit status from the IRS.
1994 NACEC provided radio voice and message radio communications between U.S. Forces in Haiti and their families back home in the U.S.
1995 NACEC launches very first high-speed military family message service on the new "Information Super Highway", the Internet.
1995 NACEC helps provide 1,000 prepaid 10 minute phone cards to members of the military so they can stay connected with their families during the Christmas Holiday Season.
1995-96 NACEC secures Memorandum of Understanding, working agreement, with the U.S. Army Information Systems Command.
1996 NACEC provides military family communications support for U.S. Forces serving in Bosnia with Operation Joint Endeavor.
1996 NACEC expands its Digi-Gram high-speed military family message service from a 50 word limit to a 250 word limit.
1997 NACEC launches its new Disaster Victim Information Exchange System (DVIS) to help quickly re-unite families. First use was in conjunction with its communications support operations in Fargo North Dakota while supporting The Salvation Army's flood relief operations.
1998 NACEC launches its new military family Flash Mail high-speed message/letter service with a 1000 word limit, replacing its 250 word Digi-Gram service.
2003 Article on NACEC DVIS requested by the publishers of Review Magazine for the U.N. International Aid & Trade Conference held in Geneva, Switzerland.
2010 Following the earthquake in Haiti, on January 25th, The NACEC Board of Directors met and voted to make a series of major changes that would allow the organization to get response teams out faster, and drastically increasing the amounts of communications support that it could provide.
2011 By providing its communications support to agencies and non-profit organizations, NACEC has directly or indirectly been able to help just under 1 Million disaster victims.
2011 NACEC is guest speaker at the Disaster Response and Recovery Summit held in Orlando, serving as a member of the Communications, Logistics & Supply Chain Management panel. Our topic was "Communications: A Key Part of Any Successful Disaster Response".
2012On October 11th the Board of Directors again made some major changes in the organizations operations and scope. In the area of Emergency Communications the organization will now only provide emergency radio communications consulting.

The growth in the organizations scope sees the addition of a Vocational Technical Training department that can provide educational services and even schools to help people in third world countries lift themselves and their families out of poverty.

The first project called "VTT-Haiti", is the development of a small vocational technical training facility in or near Mirebalais, Haiti. Updates

2014In March the first basic electricity classes are conducted and NACEC's VTT-Haiti project is now under way in the community of La Bastille, Haiti.
2014In June the decision was made to attempt to build an actual school facility in Haiti to serve as a permanent facility for our teaching basic electricity, residential electrical wiring and other important job skills needed in Haiti. .

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