Vermont Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VT-VOAD) is a humanitarian association of independent voluntary organizations who may be active in all phases of disaster.
Vermont VOAD is a forum where organizations share knowledge and resources to foster efficient, streamlined service delivery to people and communities affected by disaster, while eliminating unnecessary duplication of effort, through cooperation in the four phases of disaster: preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation.
When a disaster occurs, the role of VT-VOAD is one of coordination, not response. Individual VT-VOAD organizations will maintain their own identity and independence while closely collaborating with other VT-VOAD members and local, state or federal authorities. Individual VT-VOAD member organizations will perform and deliver actual disaster response services. These services are available at no cost to disaster victims or to governmental agencies.
Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) is a movement, and the more than 50 organizations of the National VOAD are the driving force behind recovery from natural and human-caused disasters in the United States and its territories. VOAD member organizations forcus on all stages of disasters - prepardness, relief, response, recovery, and mitigation.
Locally, the Vermont VOAD mirrors this national framework and continuously seeks new partnerships with voluntary and faith-based organizations that have a mommitment to disaster activities in the state.
Members of the Vermont VOAD form a coalition of nonprofit organizations that respond to disasters as part of their overall mission.