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.


Hurricane Dorian, 2019 

The network of Georgia Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster is actively monitoring Hurricane Dorian. We are working closely with a number of local, state, federal and public sector partners to alleviate the coordinate response to the potentially devastating impacts of Hurricane Dorian on our communities. 


UPDATES 9.2.19:
Governor Kemp issued a mandatory evacuation order ahead of Dorian for coastal counties. A mandatory evacuation order is in effect for individuals living east of I-95 in Bryan, Camden, Chatham, Glynn, Liberty, and McIntosh Counties due to Hurricane Dorian. Contraflow of I-16 will begin at 8:00 am Tuesday morning. 



Weather Reports: Go to the National Hurricane Center Website for the most up-to-date reports.

Shelters and Pet Shelters:  There are shelters currently open for evacuees. Information for open shelters will be kept up-to-date at https://gema.georgia.gov/emergencies-0/hurricane-dorian

  • Airbnb is offering free places to stay to evacuees and/or relief workers (paid or volunteer) between August 31 and September 16 through the Open Homes program. Visit the following link to find temporary no-cost accommodations:


  • Georgia State Parks are waiving park and pet fees for evacuees. Check GAStateParks.org for status updates.  

Emergency Management Assistance: If there is an emergency you should call 9-1-1. If you have a non-emergency need contact your local EMA Office or call 1-800-TRY-GEMA. 

Crisis Clean-Up: If you have a clean-up need on your personal property following Hurricane Dorian you can call Crisis Clean-Up at 844-965-1386.

Volunteers and Donations: Please scroll down to see "How to Help" as an individual or organization. If you have questions you can direct them to sarah.jackson@gema.ga.gov. 




Do you work with a nonprofit or faith-based organization that wants to help? If you work for a statewide nonprofit organization that has a focus on disaster relief, we invite you to become a part of the coordination and collaboration that is Georgia VOAD. Please contact the Georgia VOAD President, Lanita Lloyd, at lanita.lloyd@uss.salvationarmy.org. 

Are you an individual that wants to help? Find a full outline of volunteer and donation best practices at https://gema.georgia.gov/get-involved/donations-volunteers

  • Money is best. Make a financial donation to a trusted organization like those working through Georgia VOAD. Cash is undoubtedly the most effective way to provide assistance to those in need, as it allows relief and recovery agencies the flexibility and resources they need to better serve those directly affected all while supporting local businesses as they recover. You can find a list of responding organizations that would greatly appreciate your donation at https://gavoad.communityos.org/cms/Members
  • In-Kind Donations. Please do not send or deliver donations unless they were explicitly requested by responding organization or community. Unsolicited donations cause the issue of sorting and storing when efforts need to be on response and recovery. If you have donated goods you think may be helpful, please contact the GEMA/HS Volunteer and Donations lead, at sarah.jackson@gema.ga.gov. 
  • Volunteer. If you would like to volunteer, we ask that you do not self-deploy and potentially put yourself and first responders at risk. Volunteers should provide their information by visiting https://www.nvoad.org/ or by contacting an organization directly to offer service. You can also contact sarah.jackson@gema.ga.gov. 













Georgia VOAD Website

Georgia VOAD members:

We have recently aquired this website and are currently working to make the website fit the needs of the Georgia VOAD.  As you take a look around please take time to add your comments below.  What works? what doesn't? what should be added? What would look better?  What would be more functional?

Thank you so much for your time, this is our website, please help us make it the best for Georgia!

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