The Indiana VOAD is the forum where organizations share knowledge and resources throughout the disaster cycle - preparation, response, and recovery - to help disaster survivors and their communities.
The purpose of this network shall be to bring together voluntary organizations and community organizations active in disaster services to foster more effective response and recovery to the people of Indiana in times of disaster through communication, coordination, cooperation, collaboration, convening mechanisms, education and outreach.
Indiana VOAD seeks to ensure the availability of needed services and to encourage uniform impartial provision of these services.
The Indiana VOAD is not a response organization, leaving the response aspect of disaster to its member organizations.
Members of the Indiana VOAD form a coalition of nonprofit organizations that encompass disasters response and recovery as part of their overall mission.
February 2018 Flooding: As of March 16, Gov. Eric Holcomb has declared a disaster emergency in response to widespread flooding and infrastructure damage caused by sustained heavy rainfall. The governor signed has signed executive orders to include in addition to Benton, Carroll, Clark, Crawford, Dearborn, Elkhart, Floyd, Fulton, Gibson, Harrison, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Kosciusko, Lake, LaGrange, LaPorte, Marshall, Newton, Noble, Ohio, Perry, Porter, Posey, Pulaski, Spencer, St. Joseph, Starke, Switzerland, Vanderburgh, Vermillion, Wabash, Warren, Warrick, and White counties—making 35 total counties covered by this disaster emergency declaration so far.
The disaster declaration means the state Department of Homeland Security can take necessary actions to provide expanded emergency services and is a step the state is required to take to request assistance from the federal government.
Long Term Recovery Initial Intake Form: Indiana VOAD is committed to assisting local communities on the road to recovery. Following the heavy rainfall of February and March 2018, many counties across the state have been affected. If you have been affected by the floods please complete the Long Term Recovery Disaster Initial Intake Form found at www.bit.ly/Feb2018LTRintake.
These forms will assist Long Term Recovery committees determin needs and develop a plan for how to start serving their communities. The form is not an application for assistance.
Supercharge Your COAD: Anyone interested in helping their community organization active in disaster reach the next level is invited to a free one-day training, Supercharge Your COAD: Functions of a COAD and why they are important. The training will be offered on Wednesday, April 22, 10am-3pm eastern, at the Fulton County Extension Office in Rochester, Indiana and then be repeated on Thursday, April 23, 10am-3pm eastern, at the Community Foundation of Jackson County in Seymour, Indiana. The training in Seymour is limited to 30 participants.
The training will offer details on how to start create committees in a COAD and what those committees’ goals and objectives should be for the COAD, ways a COAD can be involved during all phases of disaster, and ideas for how a COAD can train and exercise to be better prepared.
Training materials will be provided free. Participants can opt to have lunch at the meeting location for $5, delivered by Subway, or participants can chose to take a one-hour lunch break off site. The training is sponsored by Catholic Charities – Archdiocese of Indianapolis and Purdue Extension. All are invited to attend, but space is limited. Please contact Abby Hostetler at firstname.lastname@example.org or 765-494-4390 for questions. To RSVP please complete the attached registration form and send to email@example.com.
COAD Development and Long Term Recovery Implementation Training: The training will be offered twice, the first on Wednesday, September 23, 10am-3pm eastern, at the Bartholomew County Extension Office at 1971 State Street, Columbus, IN and the second on Thursday, September 24, 10am-3pm eastern, at the Howard County Extension Office at 120 East Mulberry Street - Suite 105, Kokomo, IN.
The training will focus on best practices and lessons learned from existing COADs and what steps a COAD will need to take to setup long term recovery following a disaster. There will be time to share ideas and get to know one another. The training is free, but lunch will be on your own. All are invited attend, but space is limited so please RSVP to Abby Hostetler at firstname.lastname@example.org.
See what happened in Indy: Indiana VOAD hosted the 22nd Annual National VOAD Conference in Indianapolis, May 13-16, 2014. See some of the highlights in this video that was put together by National VOAD.