After several natural disasters during the 1990’s the leaders of many community service agencies and religious service oriented groups determined that there was a need for a “local VOAD” modeled after and related to the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters. (NVOAD) The VOAD was organized in 2000. Since the COAD organization, and especially since the advent of the 21st century, the VOAD has served as “key player” in Disaster Response through Ice Storms, Floods, Tornadic and Wind destruction. The KC Regional VOAD comes under the umbrella of the Kansas and Missouri state VOAD. The parent agency is National VOAD (Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster). Following Hurricane Camille in 1969, national representatives from voluntary agencies met to discuss how they could better work together to fill the gaps and eliminate duplication. On July 15, 1970, seven voluntary organizations came together to hold the first meeting of what we now know to be NVOAD.
MEETINGS AND ACTION:
The KC Regional VOAD meets quarterly. Information on upcoming meetings will be “flashed” on this web site. The meetings are open to governmental as well as service agencies representatives and to any organization providing assistance and services in times of disaster.
The meetings essentially are designed to prepare and plan for prompt and organized action in the event of a disaster. Presentations from various groups and agencies are given to inform and aid the VOAD in preparation for service.
In accordance with a pre-determined set of protocols the KC Metro VOAD is called into action immediately to become informed as to the scope of the disaster and the various goods and services needed. A plan of action is outlined and followed until the “services of the VOAD” are no longer needed.