North Carolina Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NCVOAD) Facilitating effective service to people and communities affected by disasters.
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In the next 2 minutes, please use the index card provided to write down a question you have about VOAD and/or Interfaith Disaster Response. We will collect these and address your questions as we move through the slides.
When we leave… We would like you to have… • More information than when you came in.
• A better understanding of NCVOAD, NCIDR • An increased awareness to recognize potential partnerships in YOUR county
Four Values of VOAD 1. COOPERATION 2. COMMUNICATION
3. COORDINATION 4. COLLABORATION Through quarterly meetings, frequent emails and training opportunities, VOAD organizations strive to adhere to these values.
GOVERNMENT PARTNERSHIPS OFFICE of THE GOVERNOR A representative from the Office of the Governor serves on the NCVOAD Board. NC DIVISION OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT Management representatives of NCEM attend NCVOAD meetings. NCVOAD is represented at the State Emergency Operations Center. FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY A FEMA Voluntary Agency Liaison (VAL) attends NCVOAD meetings.
NCVOAD doesn’t provide direct services to individuals or communities. NCVOAD is not “hands on” in the field. However, NCVOAD member organizations and agencies DO provide direct services.
NCVOAD Membership • Organizations that are statewide in scope and purpose. • Annual dues of $100 are voluntary. • Organizations that have voluntary memberships and constituencies. • Organizations that have a not-for-profit structure. • Organizations that are active in disaster
Must have a statewide disaster response program and policy for commitment of resources to meet the needs of people affected by disaster, without discrimination.
Current NCVOAD Member Organizations (partial list) American Red Cross Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Episcopal Church Food Bank of Central and Eastern NC Harvest Connection (Original Freewill Baptist) NC Baptist Men (Baptist State Convention of NC) NC Interfaith Disaster Response Presbyterian Church Samaritan’s Purse Seventh Day Adventists (Carolina Conference) The Salvation Army United Methodist Church United Way of NC
A County VOAD May include some, similar or different partners: • NCVOAD agencies/organizations resident in the county • County Government • LEPC • Citizen Corps • County Unmet Needs Committee • Long Term Recovery Group
Examples of Services Provided by NCVOAD Member Organizations and Agencies Bulk Distribution Case Management Child Care Clean-Up and Rebuilding Client Advocacy Community Disaster Education Community Outreach Counseling Damage Assessment Debris Removal Donations Management Elder Care Emergency Repairs Emergency Assistance Financial Assistance Financial Planning Funeral Services Health Care Health & Welfare Inquiries
Long Term Recovery Group Development Massage Therapy Mass Care (Food, Shelter, etc.) Mental Health Services Mitigation Planning Mobile Feeding Pastoral Care Pet Care Radio Communication Services Relocation Services Resource Coordination Sanitation Services Special Needs Technical Assistance Training Translation Services Transportation Services Volunteer Coordination Warehouse Management
What’s in a name? The goal is to identify and develop a streamlined response and recovery model that is relevant, replicable and sustainable.
What’s the difference between an UNMET Needs Committee and a Long Term Recovery Group?
Unmet Needs Committee • Response phase coordination • Can be initiated and/or led by a local government or a voluntary organization • Agencies/organizations communicate… …what they are doing …what they need …how they can help
• Potential initial RECOVERY organization
LEPC • Focuses on crisis response and community planning • Relevant topics to VOAD agencies & organization. • Often the LEPC already includes representatives from voluntary agencies or faith-based organizations that are part of NCVOAD
Citizen Corps Council • May already include voluntary agencies or faith-based organizations part of NCVOAD
• Focused on preparedness training & skills • May relate directly to the LEPC
Long Term Recovery Sample Models • Long Term Recovery Committee
Minimum organization Relies on other agencies to do the work
• Interfaith (Disaster) or Long Term Recovery Organization
More structured (incorporation, bylaws) Handles all of the LTR functions • Casework, advocacy, volunteer coordination, repairs/rebuilding, fundraising
• Community Coalition for Recovery
Inter-organizational collaborative effort
Surprise ! • Two Interfaith (Disaster) Organizations existed in April 2011
Greene County Volunteers Wake Interfaith Disaster Team
• Quick response • Quick casework • Enhanced recovery
NEW North Carolina Model • Build sustainable recovery organizations that work with County Emergency Management
Greene, Sampson, Cumberland, Bertie and Wake Counties.
• Reinvigorate North Carolina Interfaith Disaster Response (NCIDR)
Possible Other Activities (in between disasters) • County EOC volunteer and donations management
Establish coordination center for spontaneous volunteers Establish distribution center for donated goods Coordinate with VOAD groups
• Participate in exercises and training
Your UNANSWERED Questions?
Contacts George Strunk President – NCVOAD [email protected]
Mike Patterson President – NCIDR [email protected]