VOADVoluntary Organizations Active in Disaster
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A list of Texas-based VOAD members who are providing assistance to those impacted by Hurricane Harvey is available at https://txvoad.
National VOAD, an association of organizations that mitigate and alleviate the impact of disasters, provides a forum promoting cooperation, communication, coordination and collaboration; and fosters more effective delivery of services to communities affected by disaster.
NVOAD policy stipulates, "The role of a VOAD group is not to manage disaster response operations; but it is instead to coordinate planning and preparations in advance of disaster incidents and operations.
Brian Fesler, pastor of the Church of Scientology, introduced and welcomed the speakers from VOAD and OEM, and explained the Church's role in disaster response with the Volunteer Ministers program.
He said the group had never heard of a long term recovery group of any kind, so the VOAD representatives (State and FEMA voluntary agency liaisons) were helpful in explaining how such a group worked.
There are 55 state and territorial VOADs with extensive disaster experience.
Jessica Vermilyea with LA VOAD says most of the projects during the Eight Days of Hope were completed, but some will need additional assistance.
Texas VOAD represents more than three dozen faith-based, community, nonprofit and non-governmental groups that include volunteer engagement as a key component of their operations.
The West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management and WV VOAD have joined hands to build new bridges and repair current ones without any cost to residents.