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ohio voad volunteer organizations active in disaster
Ohio VOADVolunteer Organizations Active in Disaster

Cooperation, Communication, Coordination, Collaboration


Ohio 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.  

ohio voad mission statement
Ohio VOAD Mission Statement

To bring together voluntary organizations active in disaster services and foster effective response to the people of Ohio in time of disaster through:

  • Cooperation
  • Communication
  • Coordination
  • Collaboration

Through interdependence between/among Ohio VOAD members, to generate resources and share information in response

to disaster challenges.


Through quarterly meetings and networking among our member organizations to maintain open and on-going information sharing.


Through commitments to effective responses to disaster survivors by matching services to their unmet needs.


Through working with the Ohio & county EMAs, FEMA, and other organizations to

respond to specific disasters.

ohio voad members
Adventist Community Services

American Baptist Churches of Ohio

American Radio Relay League

American Red Cross

Ameritech Telephone Pioneers

Catholic Conference of Ohio and Diocese of Columbus

Christian Reformed World Relief Committee (CRWRC)

Christian Business Men’s Convention (C.B.M.C.)

Church Of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Church Of The Brethren

Church World Service Emergency Response Program

Columbia County VOAD (Contractual Member)

The Columbus Jewish Federation

Corporation For National & Community Service

Diocese of Toledo

East Ohio Conference Of The United Methodist Church Disaster Response

Episcopal Church


First Community Church

Friends Disaster Service

Greater Dayton Christian Connections


International Relief Friendship Foundation (IRFF)

Lutheran Social Services

Mennonite Disaster Service

Ohio Community Service Council - Ohio Citizens Corps

Ohio Council of Churches

Ohio Crisis Response Team (OCRT)

Ohio EMA

Ohio Department Of Mental Health

Ohio Department of Public Safety

Ohio Federation of K9 Search Teams, Inc

Ohio Funeral Directors Association

Ohio State Convention of Baptist

Ohio United Way

Ohio VOAD Groups

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance National Response Team

Richland Coda

Rotary International

Salvation Army

Southwest Ohio River Valley Interfaith Disaster Response

Steel Valley Search Dogs

Synod Of The Covenant Presbyterian Church (USA)

The Volunteer Connection Of Northwest Ohio

Tzu Chi Foundation

United Church of Christ, Ohio Conference

Volunteer Disaster Recovery Group

West Ohio Disaster Response Team Of The West Ohio United Methodist Church (WODRT)

Ohio VOAD Members
disaster recovery process
Disaster Recovery Process

All disaster recovery begins at the local level

  • Undeclared individual events
  • Declared single or multiple events

Extent of the disaster ($$$ assessments) determines the level of involvement.

Ohio VOAD disaster response phases

  • Early response
  • Long-term recovery
  • Mitigation
ohio voad is there before a disaster
Ohio VOAD is there – before a disaster!

Survival and quick recovery from a disaster depends on education and planning BEFORE the disaster.

Ohio VOAD provides education and networking opportunities for member organizations and the general public through quarterly meetings and on-going regional training.

ohio voad in response
Ohio VOAD In Response

Early Response –

  • Southern Baptist Chain Saw Teams
  • Church Of The Brethren & Southern Baptist Child Care
  • United Methodist, United Church of Christ, & Church World Services Flood Bucket Cleaning Kits
  • United Methodist, Southern Baptist, & United Church of Christ – Mud Out Teams & Early Response Teams (ERTs)
  • State/County EMA EOC Desk Coverage & Response
  • Chaplaincy Services
  • Feeding Stations and Victim Shelters – United Methodists, Presbyterian, United Church of Christ, and other church denominations
  • Long-term Recovery Committees Creation
  • Volunteer Coordination
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Ohio VOAD In Response

Long-Term Response:

  • 15% of disasters are handled by first responders (professionals)
  • 85% of disasters are handled by volunteers!!!
  • Early response ends when the disaster area safety has been restored and access is open to the area impacted!
long term recovery committees
Long-Term Recovery Committees

LTRC’s work with local leaders from the impacted community by offering training and support from Ohio VOAD members with the following:

  • Establishing leadership and extended committees
  • Raising funds, needed donations, & and long-term recovery response teams
  • Developing case management capacities to make assessments of “UNMET NEEDS”
  • Coordinating long-term recovery response through:

monetary donations

recovery teams

in-kind donations of household items: furnaces, hot water heaters, furniture, etc.

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Ohio VOAD In Response

Mitigation is an important element of long-term recovery. It is the day-in, day-out efforts to reduce disaster’s long-term risk to people and property.

This is achieved by:

  • Community education and awareness
  • Relocation/elevation of homes
  • Promoting sound building design/construction practices, etc.

All mitigation activities are also preparedness activities to lessen the impact of future disasters.

ohio voad challenges
Ohio VOAD Challenges

Donation Management


Household Items

Donation Storage

Flood and Health Kits

Household Items

Early Response Coordination – new territory – more of our member bodies have entered into early response phase

Undeclared Individual Disasters

the undeclared disaster challenges
The Undeclared Disaster Challenges
  • Ohio VOAD is in the process of setting up an Standing LTRC/Unmet Needs Committee with volunteer and hired case managers to look at individual undeclared cases.
  • Undeclared victims have no access to state or federal funding.
  • Ohio VOAD member bodies are the sole

outside source of response.

what can you do
What Can You Do?
  • Work with us – help us identify county contacts for Ohio VOAD
  • Develop relationships with Ohio VOAD members and local faith-based organizations
  • Include Ohio VOAD in your training opportunities!


Mary Woodward, Chair