The basis for meetings and other VOAD-type activities are related to the characteristics and quality of collaboration among voluntary organizations following a disaster and not to direct services to disaster victims.
It is not a competing or exclusionary organization.
Each member organization maintains its own identity and independence while closely collaborating with other member organizations, interfaiths, and local, state, or federal authorities.
It is intended to be a network for organizations active in disaster.
VOAD Activities The main activities of a VOAD fall into four categories: Planning VOADs identify the primary resources of their member organizations and determine roles members will fill in time of disaster. Training VOADs sponsor or facilitate the training of members and their organizations for effective activity in all phases of the emergency management cycle.
VOAD Activities (Cont.) Convening When a disaster occurs in their area, VOADs usually convene to share information concerning the disaster and their plans for response. State and local VOADs work together during large disasters. Partnering VOADs enter partnerships with government emergency management agencies to facilitate communication and coordination.
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