As Posted in the Boston Patch, July 10, 2019
July 10, 2019
Six State Voluntary Disaster Relief Meeting
Massachusetts Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster MA VOAD] leaders met with the VOAD organizations from the five other New England states in June to coordinate how each group can act together when a larger New England disaster hits any state in our region in the future.
VOADs consist of many non-profit organizations that you are already aware of, for the purpose of helping with the individual needs of people harmed by disasters such as hurricanes, floods tornadoes, earthquakes and more while state and federal agencies mainly concern themselves with our infrastructure that would include the power grid, flood barriers, power sources and roads.
The VOAD organizations regularly coordinate with state and federal emergency management before, during and after a bad event occurs. For more data on the Massachusetts VOAD and its members, visit www.massvoad.org .The attached photo are New England VOAD members who attended the June meeting.
Public Affairs Director
By ANDY CASTILLO
Recorder Staff (Greenfield, MA)
Friday, May 12, 2017
CONWAY — The sound of droning chainsaws echoed through Pumpkin Hollow Friday as volunteers from Team Rubicon, a veteran-run international disaster response organization, launched its three-day tornado cleanup mission “Operation Smashing Pumpkin.”
“We’ve been working with homeowners for a few weeks now to understand the work that needs to be done,” said Dana Braverman, Continue reading
FRAMINGHAM – Yesterday, at a meeting of Massachusetts Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster [MA VOAD] at the Massachusetts Emergency Management bunker in Framingham, the coalition reorganized its board after one if its Co-chairs stepped down
VOADs were created in every state in 1969 following a situation that arose in 1969 when many non-profits rushed to Louisiana in an uncoordinated manner to help the victims of Hurricane Camille. Since then, the majority of non-profits assisting with disaster response have coordinated their actions as VOAD coalitions in coordination with local, state and federal emergency management.
Massachusetts VOAD operates off an organization chart and has three board members which are Chairman, Vice-chair and Secretary. The Vice-chair runs the production divisions, Secretary is in charge of establishing and expanding the coalition and the Chairman oversees all activities. For the past year, there have been two Co-chairs who share the roles of the Chair and Vice-Chair.
Former Co-chair, Paul Leslie, of the Salvation Army stepped down recently as he was assigned to another position in the Salvation Army which has always been a disaster relief leading in the state. With that, Secretary Sara Hamilton of Boston Cares moved up to Co-chair from her Secretary Board position to join Larry Rosenberg of the American Red Cross as Co-chair. Kevin Hall of Church of Scientology Disaster Response moved back to the position of MA VOAD Secretary which he previously held for over two years. Hall will also remain with MA VOAD on his Public Relations Director position while holding Secretary unless another VOAD member would like to assume the role of Secretary and the coalition votes in favor of the position change.
The Board and its members feel that the coalition will remain strong in its ability to assist those in need during times of disaster as all three board members are very experienced.
by Kevin Hall
November 4, 2015
WORCESTER – Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) held a conference today at the DCU Center entitled, “Effective Leadership During Crisis” and several government and private organizations, such as Massachusetts Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster (MA VOAD) attended.
The MEMA event covered information such as responding to terrorist attacks, how to teach the proper safety use of generators during winter storms, flood control, leadership skills during a time of crisis and much more.
VOADs, which operate in every state, consist of non-profits like the Red Cross, United Way, and many more local and regional organizations as can be seen by clicking here for Massachusetts and various local and national religious groups ranging from Christians (such as the Salvation Army, Catholics, Baptists and Methodists), Scientologists, Muslims, Buddhists, etc.
While emergency management mainly deals with getting the infrastructure back together, the VOADs coordinate among its member groups to give assistance to individuals in need of help wherever possible. Massachusetts VOAD has been very active over the past few years helping victims of tornadoes in Western, MA and Revere, a couple of hurricanes and also helped to feed and calm people during the Boston Marathon attack.
MASSACHUSETTS – Below are the reports Massachusetts Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (MA VOAD) received back from its member organizations on people being helped with the Winter Storms. This included actions such as snow and tree removal to roof repair. Elderly and disabled citizens or those without insurance were those more frequently assisted.
As you can see from the reports below, thousands or man hours went into assisting hundreds of people in need. Continue reading
FRAMINGHAM – Several of the members of Massachusetts Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (MA VOAD) met at the Framingham MEMA Bunker this week discussing work done and needed revolving around the tornado that recently went through downtown Revere. They were also reviewing organizational and leadership changes.
VOADs are non-profits and churches that coordinate in disaster preparation, recovery and response and also work with state and federal emergency management. While emergency management mainly focuses on infrastructure, they coordinate with the VOAD volunteers to help individuals. MA VOAD members include the Red Cross, United Way, Boston Cares, Salvation Army, HOPE Animal Assisted Crisis Care, IFAW, Southern Baptists Disaster Relief, Catholic Charites, Churches of Scientology Disaster Response, Christian Reform World Relief, Tzu Chi Foundation, Feeding America, Greater Boston Food Bank, Central Mass. DART, Self Help Inc., Civil Air Patrol, Americares, Team Rubicon, Methodists, Lutherands, All Hands Volunteers, Mennonite Disaster Services, Adventists Community Services, North American Mission Board and probably a few others that are all listed on the www.massvoad.org website that contains a lot of disaster preparation and response information. Continue reading
VOAD at MEMA Headquarters in FraminghamFRAMINGHAM – Members of Massachusetts Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster ( MA VOAD www.massvoad.org
) met today for their monthly meeting at the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency bunker in preparation for future disaster.
“VOAD likes to meet at MEMA and FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) facilities as we coordinate with both government agencies before, during and after disastrous situations,” said Steve Napoli, MA VOAD Chair and member of the American Red Cross. “While the government mostly works on infrastructure with some attention on individual assistance,VOAD in the coalition of non-profits and churches that pull together to assist disaster victims wherever possible.” Continue reading
their fifth annual MLK, Red Cross Fire Prevention events this Saturday morning (1/18/14) from 9am to Noon at the following locations:
Lowell: Butler Middle School 1140 Gorham Street, Lowell
Lawrence: Lawrence Heritage National Park 1 Jackson Street, Lawrence
Framingham: 214 Concord Street, Framingham
Dorchester 278 Bowdoin St. Dorchester, MA (Catholic Charity Bldg- Teen Center)
Brockton Huntington Elementary School 1121 Warren Avenue, Brockton
We expect about 500 volunteers overall and covering Lawrence, Lowell, Dorchester, Brockton and Framingham, with Squad Leaders taking groups of about 10 to 12 volunteers to designated neighborhoods in each City, or Town. We hope to hand out over 30,000 fire prevention door hangers, 50 smoke detectors and 20 fire extinguishers at each of these events and would appreciate having more volunteers show up at each site. Here are more details for this important event: Continue reading
CANTON — Approximately sixty non-profit, government and private disaster recovery experts from across Massachusetts and other areas of New England met at the Salvation Army’s Canton, MA headquarters on October 30th for a Massachusetts Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster full day summit.
The summit consisted of opening and closing presentations along with four break out sessions. The opening speech was an enlightening review by Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency Public Affairs Director, Peter Judge, of how a large flood with great damage was handled in a very rural area of Alaska where there were no roads to bring in emergency help The closing remarks came from Aaron Titus of Crisis CleanUp which covered how to ensure that all calls for help are properly organized so that none fall through the cracks.
The break out sessions covered the recent disaster recovery scenarios as well as best practices in the following areas of helping with disaster:
1. Long Term Recovery
2. Donations Management
3. Spiritual/Emotion Care
4. Large Event (major catastrophes) Response
The participants had the opportunity to participate in all four sessions that ran throughout the day.
Below is a photo of MA VOAD Chair, Steve Napoli (Red Cross) addressing the audience in a Large Event break out session.