Maryland VOAD - An Introduction

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  • After Hurricane Camille in 1969, several voluntary organizations met to discuss mutual concerns of duplication of services. Beginning in 1970 these organizations began to met on a regular basis to coordinate disaster response, and eventually NVOAD was formally organized. Today, NVOAD has member organizations, and has hosted an annual conference each year since 1992. NVOAD helps to develop VOADS at the State and local levels.
  • NVOAD is an umbrella of national voluntary organizations. NVOAD works to achieve increased cooperation, coordination, communication, and communications among voluntary organizations. NVOAD helps provide policy guidance to State VOADs. MDVOAD is a counterpart of NVOAD. This Statewide organization brings together voluntary agencies active in disasters to foster more coordination and effective response to residents of Maryland in times of need. One goal of Maryland VOAD is to increase membership of voluntary agencies in order to increase the number of volunteers available to assist in disaster relief operations. Local voluntary organizations active in disasters are umbrella organizations of local voluntary agencies and organizations which coordinate disaster services at the local level. Local VOADs are often composed of local branches of national voluntary organizations, most notably the local ARC chapters.
  • Maryland VOAD - An Introduction

    1. 1. Maryland VOAD Responding to natural disasters is a rewarding experience for both volunteers and organizations, especially when efforts are coordinated and effective. June 30, 2010
    2. 2. <ul><li>National VOAD: </li></ul><ul><li>Video celebrating 40 th Year </li></ul>
    3. 3. <ul><li>What is VOAD? </li></ul><ul><li>VOAD is an umbrella organization of non-government, government, faith-based organizations, businesses and related groups that come together to foster coordinated disaster response. </li></ul><ul><li>VOAD does not impinge on its members’ autonomy or mission. </li></ul>
    4. 4. National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (National VOAD) <ul><li>Initial meeting in 1969 following Hurricane Camille </li></ul><ul><li>Formally organized in 1970 </li></ul><ul><li>49 national member organizations </li></ul><ul><li>Annual Conference since 1992 </li></ul><ul><li>Provides policy guidance for State and local VOADS </li></ul><ul><li>63 State and Territorial VOADS </li></ul><ul><li>NVOAD model adopted by Japan following the Kobe earthquake in 1995 </li></ul><ul><li>Listed as a Cooperating Agency in the Volunteer and Donations Management Support Annex of the National Response Framework </li></ul><ul><li>Is a signatory on the National Response Framework (one of two NGOs) </li></ul><ul><li>MOU signed between FEMA and National VOAD in May 2010 </li></ul>
    5. 5. <ul><li>Maryland VOAD is a member of National VOAD </li></ul><ul><li>Maryland VOAD organized in 1996 </li></ul>Maryland VOAD History:
    6. 6. To bring together voluntary organizations active in disaster services for the purpose of fostering more effective response to the people of Maryland in times of disaster Maryland VOAD Purpose:
    7. 7. <ul><li>Cooperation : creating a climate for cooperation among organizations at all levels, and providing a channel for information sharing via meetings; </li></ul><ul><li>Coordination : fostering a common understanding and providing a liaison with public offices; </li></ul><ul><li>Communication : publishing and disseminating information; </li></ul><ul><li>Collaboration: working together. </li></ul>Maryland VOAD works to foster more effective disaster response through:
    8. 8. Full Members : voluntary or non-profit organizations with a parent organization that belongs to NVOAD. Associate Members (non-voting): voluntary or non-profit organizations without parent organizations that are members of NVOAD; executive council can also grant associate membership to governmental agencies. Affiliate Members (non-voting): corporate partners and other persons or organizations that do not meet criteria for full or associate membership. Local VOAD Members (non-voting): county or local agencies active in disaster that convene to form a local umbrella organization with the spirit of MDVOAD are eligible to become Local VOAD Members. Also called COADs. Who can be a member of Maryland VOAD?
    9. 9. <ul><li>Maryland VOAD </li></ul><ul><li>Participating Organizations </li></ul><ul><li>Adventist Community Services </li></ul><ul><li>American Red Cross </li></ul><ul><li>Baltimore Co. Volunteers </li></ul><ul><li>Baptist Convention of MD/DE </li></ul><ul><li>Catholic Charities </li></ul><ul><li>Church of the Brethren </li></ul><ul><li>Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints </li></ul><ul><li>Churches of Scientology Disaster Response </li></ul><ul><li>Citizen Corps of Frederick County </li></ul><ul><li>Civil Air Patrol </li></ul><ul><li>Diakon/Lutheran Social Ministries </li></ul><ul><li>FEMA </li></ul><ul><li>Fidos for Freedom </li></ul><ul><li>GOCI </li></ul><ul><li>House of Imogene Shelters </li></ul><ul><li>HSUS </li></ul><ul><li>International Orthodox Christian Charities </li></ul><ul><li>Lions/Lioness Clubs, District 22W </li></ul><ul><li>Maryland Alliance of Guide Dog Users </li></ul><ul><li>Maryland Department of Disabilities </li></ul><ul><li>Maryland Department of Health & Mental Hygiene </li></ul><ul><li>Maryland Department of Human Resources </li></ul><ul><li>Maryland SART </li></ul><ul><li>MEMA </li></ul><ul><li>Mercy Medical Airlift/Angel-Flight </li></ul><ul><li>Montgomery County Volunteer Center </li></ul><ul><li>Maryland Food Bank </li></ul><ul><li>NVOAD </li></ul><ul><li>Presbyterian Disaster Assistance </li></ul><ul><li>The Disaster Response Ministry of the Presbyterian Church in America </li></ul><ul><li>Prince George’s County Volunteer Center </li></ul><ul><li>Salvation Army </li></ul><ul><li>Tzu Chi Foundation </li></ul><ul><li>United Methodist Church </li></ul><ul><li>Volunteer Center for Anne Arundel County </li></ul><ul><li>Volunteer Center Serving Howard County </li></ul><ul><li>Volunteer Frederick </li></ul><ul><li>Volunteer Maryland </li></ul><ul><li>We Care Ministries </li></ul>
    10. 10. <ul><li>Participate in disaster relief activities in Maryland </li></ul><ul><li>Identify response and disaster relief capabilities </li></ul><ul><li>Attend quarterly meetings </li></ul><ul><li>Maintain current contact information </li></ul><ul><li>Develop an internal response plan </li></ul>What is expected of Maryland VOAD members?
    11. 11. <ul><li>Full members are supporting agencies in 9 of 15 state Emergency Support Functions (ESFs): 1, 2, 5, 6, 8, 9, 11, 12 and 15 </li></ul><ul><li>Associate members are primary agencies in 5 of 15 ESFs: 5, 6, 8, 11 and 15 </li></ul><ul><li>Members involved in all phases of disaster management: Preparedness, Response, Recovery & Mitigation </li></ul><ul><li>Maryland VOAD Resource Directory updated annually including capabilities matrix (2010 edition available online) </li></ul><ul><li>Cooperate, Coordinate, Communicate & Collaborate </li></ul>What is Maryland VOAD’s role in a major disaster?
    12. 12. <ul><li>National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters (NVOAD): www.nvoad.org </li></ul><ul><li>Maryland Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters: www.mdvoad.org </li></ul>VOAD on the web
    13. 13. A collaboration of human services organizations, the faith community, and others – ready to help the survivors of major disasters in Maryland Questions?

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