As with the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (National VOAD) we provide a forum where organizations share knowledge and resources throughout the disaster cycle—preparation, response and recovery—to help disaster survivors and their communities.
We are part of a coalition of nonprofit organizations that respond to disasters as part of their overall mission.
National VOAD was founded in 1970 in response to the challenges many disaster organizations experienced following Hurricane Camille, which hit the Gulf Coast in August, 1969. Prior to the founding of National VOAD, numerous organizations served disaster victims independently of one another.
Unnecessary duplication of effort often occurred, while at the same time, other needs were not met. Communication among voluntary disaster agencies was very limited and coordination of services was negligible. National VOAD is committed to fostering the four C’s—communication, coordination, collaboration, and cooperation in order to better serve people impacted by disasters.