VC-VOAD is a collaborative of local non-profit agencies, faith-based organizations, volunteer groups, public institutions, and private entities dedicated to improving outcomes for people affected by disasters. VC-VOAD helps communities respond to and recover from major disasters by facilitating cooperation, communication, coordination, and collaboration.
How does VC-VOAD benefit me and my community?
We meet on a quarterly basis to discuss best practices to be prepared to assist our community in the event of a disaster. We are not only active during disasters but provide support during all phases of disaster - preparedness, and disaster mitigation as well as recovery.
What is VC-VOAD?
A Look Behind the Scenes in Local Disaster Response
Born out of a need in 1969 after Hurricane Camille, nonprofits came together to talk about how to respond more effectively to disasters – reduce duplication and coordinate better – this was the beginning of VOADs. Watch the 2-minute video that highlights just how far we have come, and where we are headed in our next 50 years.
Article: Who’s Organizing the Volunteers? A Look Behind the Scenes in Local Disaster Response (Aug 25, 2021)
A great explanation about the important role VOADs play in local pre-disaster planning, responding to the needs of disaster survivors without siphoning precious time and resources from first responders as well as the vital role in jumpstarting long-term recovery of communities experiencing harm through the creation of long-term recovery groups, which often comprise of the same organizations and government agencies.