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 Florence, 2018
he network of Georgia Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster is actively monitoring Hurricane Florence. 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 Florence on our communities.
We ask that those wanting to assist those facing the impacts of this emergency consider the following:
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. You can find a list of responding organizations that would greatly appreciate your donation at https://gavoad.communityos.org/cms/www.unityindisasters.org.
Please do not send or deliver donations unless they were explicitly requested by responding organizations. If you have donated goods you think may be helpful, please offer them via National VOAD at https://www.nvoad.org/howtohelp/current-responses/ or to the American Red Cross by emailing email@example.com.
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://dart-vavolunteer.communityos.org/ or by contacting an organization directly to offer their service. A list of active, trusted organizations responding to Hurricane Florence can be found at https://gavoad.communityos.org/cms/www.unityindisasters.org.
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 us at firstname.lastname@example.org with a description of your services to get involved.
If you are in need of immediate, life-saving assistance, please contact local law enforcement at 911.
If access to your property has been impacted by debris, please call Crisis Cleanup at 800-451-1954 to request removal.
For the most up-to-date official news and alerts regarding Hurricane Florence, please check with your closest emergency management agency, the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency, or the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Regardless of the forecast or current situation, there are steps you can take to ensure you and those you care for are ready for a weather emergency. Make a communications plan, build a supply kit and take steps to stay informed on all local alerts.
Hurricane Matthew, 2016 & Irma, 2017
GA VOAD partners are working together and sharing resources in to assist with long term recovery efforts from Hurricane Irma and Matthew. We stress the importance of cooperation, communication, coordination and collaboration to effectively deliver services to communities affected by disaster. Please reach out to us at GASTATEVOAD@gmail.com if you are interested in assisting with long term recovery.
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.
Please 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.
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:
Praise & Preparedness
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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