National VOAD (NVOAD) coordinates planning efforts by many voluntary organizations responding to disaster. NVOAD member organizations provide more effective service and less duplication during times of disaster by getting together before disasters strike. When a disaster occurs, NVOAD or an affiliated state VOAD encourages members and other voluntary agencies to convene on site. This cooperative effort has proven to be the most effective way for a wide variety of volunteers and organizations to work together during a crisis.
According to the National VOAD website, NVOAD serves its member organizations through:
•Communication - disseminating information through electronic mechanisms, its newsletter, the directory, research and demonstration, case studies, and critique.
•Cooperation - creating a climate for cooperation at all levels (including grass roots) and providing information.
•Coordination - coordinating policy among member organizations and serving as a liaison, advocate, and national voice.
•Education - providing training and increasing awareness and preparedness in each organization.
•Leadership Development - giving volunteer leaders training and support so as to build effective state VOAD organizations.
•Mitigation - supporting the efforts of federal, state, and local agencies and governments and supporting appropriate legislation.
•Convening Mechanisms - putting on seminars, meetings, board meetings, regional conferences, training programs, and local conferences.
•Outreach - encouraging the formation of and giving guidance to state and regional voluntary organizations active in disaster relief.
State VOADs carry out the national work on a local level by convening regular meetings of their members and working together on pre- and post-disaster coordination.
To be part of AUR-CO local VOAD in our area:
1.Visit the National VOAD website to find out more information about the organization.
2.Contact the President of your State VOAD.
3.Come to a scheduled local meeting with other organizations such as American Red Cross, local Office of Emergency Management of Aurora county, the Salvation Army and other community or faith-based groups.
4.Come to your local arear meeting and a representative from your local VOAD will be glad to present further information to your organization including:
5.Start attending State and local VOAD quarterly meetings.