Highlighting news of the nationwide VOAD movement.
April 2014

Board Announces Resignation of National VOAD Headquarters President, CEO
by Rev. John Robinson, Chairman of the Board of Directors for National VOAD

On March 28th, your National VOAD Board of Directors announced the resignation of Daniel L. Stoecker from the position of President and CEO. Dan is resigned for family and personal reasons. During Dan’s two-year tenure with National VOAD, the organization has grown in reputation and stature and has expanded its leadership role in the … READ MORE.

Member Highlight: Team Rubicon Offers Veterans Opportunity To Serve in Nationwide VOAD Movement 
by David Burke, Senior Field Operations Associate
Team Rubicon was founded in the wake of the 2010 Haiti earthquake. On the streets of Port-au-Prince, military veterans realized a simple truth – natural disasters present many of the same problems that confront troops in Iraq and Afghanistan: unstable populations, limited resources, horrific sights, sounds and smells. The skills cultivated on those same battlefields – emergency medicine, risk assessment and mitigation, teamwork and decisive leadership – are invaluable in disaster ... READ MORE.
Members of Team Rubicon assist in clearing debris and downed trees after the tornado in Moore, Okla. Photo by Madison Kotack, Team Rubicon.
Partner Spotlight: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Plays Key Role in 'Whole Community' Disaster Recovery Work
by William Irwin, Disaster Program Manager, USACE; and Spencer Schargorodski, Emergency Management Specialist

On August 29, 2012, Hurricane Isaac made landfall along the Gulf Coast of the United States, impacting coastal and inland communities with tremendous flooding. Fortunately, roof damage from Hurricane Isaac was relatively minor, but there were still hundreds of homes with significantly damaged roofs. Often the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers – a Partner of National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster – is tasked by FEMA to provide temporary roofs when there is widespread...READ MORE.

Outgoing Virginia VOAD President Reflects on Growth of VOAD Movement Accross the Commonwealth
by Rev. Robert M. Pihlcrantz, Immediate Past President of Virginia VOAD and Disaster Response Coordinator, Virginia Conference United Methodist Church

I entered the disaster response arena about 12 years ago following Hurricane Isabel’s visit to Virginia. This position was nothing like anything I had ever done before and I quickly realized I had to go looking for information and education. I reached out to others within my organization who had a disaster response background and the unanimous consensus was “ join VOAD.” Of course, my first reaction was, “what... READ MORE.

Members of the Virginia VOAD meet at the Virginia Emergency Operations Center in March. Photo by Ashley Marchand.
FEMA, SAMHSA Offer $4M Grant for Disaster Counseling 
News release from FEMA

DENVER-Crisis counseling services will continue over the next nine months for survivors of the Colorado flooding disaster in September 2013 because of a $4 million federal grant. FEMA and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration have awarded the $4,058,060 grant to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment through the 2014 Crisis Counseling Assistance and Training Program (CCP). The new grant will allow counselors to continue door-to-door... READ MORE.

FEMA Disaster Recovery Coordinator Helps Communities Across New Jersey Recover, Plan for the Future
News release from FEMA

LINCROFT, N.J. – In the weeks after a federally declared disaster, emergency teams from government agencies, nonprofits and volunteer organizations work together to help survivors make their way out of danger and find food, clothing and shelter. After the immediate emergency is over, the long work of recovery begins. And as New Jersey survivors of Hurricane Sandy have learned over the past 18 months, full recovery from a devastating event like Sandy may take years. Communities throughout New Jersey have been working hard to repair, rebuild and protect against future storms. In many cases, the challenges they face... READ MORE.

How Disaster-Related Organizations Can Use Social Networking Tools
by Megan Brandsrud, Program Interpreter, Lutheran Disaster Response
Social networking is the No. 1 activity on the web, and with so many outlets with which to engage and interact, social media have the ability to transform the disaster community.
In times of disaster or non-disaster, social media are great tools for nonprofits to use to build community in three main ways:
1.Storytelling: Tell your organization’s story—everything from what you are working on now to posting about projects and achievements from the past. By sharing your organization’s past and present, you help your audience feel involved, which inclines them to take stake in you.
2. Organizing: Social networks are useful in helping you connect with people interested in your work. Find volunteers by publicizing opportunities on your Facebook page, or perform... READ MORE.
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