Welcome to the Georgia VOAD

 

 About Georgia VOAD

 

Georgia Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (Georgia VOAD) is the Georgia state chapter of National Voluntary Agencies Active in Disasters (NVOAD). It consists of organizations active in disaster response throughout the state of Georgia. Georgia VOAD's role is to bring organizations together, enable them to understand each other and work together in a cohesive manner. To accomplish these goals, Georgia VOAD meets with its member organizations monthly to share information and training opportunities. These meetings also provide the opportunity to conduct business, plan, network, and provide updates on current disaster relief efforts.

 

Disasters rarely, if ever, provide a warning. It is up to us to make sure that we are ready for any disaster

that may strike and take away some of our daily essentials. We strongly encourage you to take the time

to Make a Plan, Prepare, and Stay Informed.

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Hurricane Irma                             

GA VOAD partners are working together and sharing resources in preparation of Hurricane Irma. We stress the importance of cooperation, communication, coordination and collaboration to effectively deliver services to communities affected by disaster. Please see below on how you can help!                         

How can I request help? 

Crisis Cleanup:

Please call the number below to request assistance with home cleanup. As they are able, reputable and vetted relief agencies may assist you and your neighbors cut fallen trees, remove drywall, insulation, flooring, furniture, appliances, tarp roofs, etc. All services are free, but service is not guaranteed due to the overwhelming need.

Importantly, this hotline CANNOT assist with social services such as food, clothing, shelter, insurance, or questions about FEMA registration. Volunteers work free of charge and provide the tools and equipment necessary to complete the work. To request help:

By October 15th

CALL: 1-800-451-1954

How can I volunteer to help?

  • Please do not self-deploy in the aftermath of a storm. Notify your volunteers and partners that self-deployment is discouraged.
    • Volunteers should link up with affiliates or organizations training individuals in order to assist.
    • Organizations should contact GA VOAD to coordinate volunteer efforts and teams arriving to the state.
  • Do not send or bring unsolicited donations. Unsolicited donations create a challenge of storage and sorting when focus is needed on response and recovery.

Where can I make a monetary donation?

In the aftermath of a natural disaster, many people look for ways to assist their communities. The most effective way is by making a monetary donation to a trusted, reputable voluntary or charitable organization. Please check our roster of GA VOAD Members or National VOAD Members

 

Don't Wait. Communicate about Hurricane Safety.

 

Hurricane Preparation

·         Know what to do before, during, and after a hurricane.

·         Create an emergency communication plan with your family before a hurricane.

·         Have emergency supplies in place at home, at work, and in the car.

·         Check your insurance coverage. Damages caused by flooding are not covered under normal homeowner’s insurance policies. 

·         Know your local community’s evacuation plan and evacuation routes and how to receive alerts.

·         Listen to local officials.

·         Download the Ready Georgia app to get weather alerts straight to your phone.

·         Visit the National Weather Service and National Hurricane Center websites for hurricane tracking information.

 

 

Think about participating in America's PrepareAthon! and the national day of action, which culminates National Preparedness Month on September 30th. The first step towards becoming more prepared is the most important.

 

Don't know where to go to get started in your planning efforts? Check out the following websites to get your start:

Ready Georgia

Praise & Preparedness

Ready

 

Are you on social media?

  • Official National Preparedness Month Hashtag: #NatlPrep
  • America's PrepareAthon! Hashtag: #PrepareAthon
  • Follow @readygov and @PrepareAthon if you're on twitter

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Website Forum

This site is under development and we welcome feedback on how to improve it. We want to know what you would like to see on the site and how can we better use it to support your efforts. Please post any suggestions/comments on the Web Site Forum. Thank you!