Connecticut Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (Connecticut VOAD) is a humanitarian association of independent voluntary organizations who may be active in all phases of disaster.
Our Mission: to foster efficient, streamlined service delivery to people affected by disaster, while eliminating unnecessary duplication of effort, through cooperation in the four phases of disaster: preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation.
When a disaster occurs, the role of the Connecticut VOAD is one of coordination, not response. Individual Connecticut VOAD organizations will maintain their own identity and independence while closely collaborating with other Connecticut VOAD members and local, state or federal authorities. Individual Connecticut VOAD member organizations will perform and deliver actual disaster response services. These services are available at no cost to disaster victims or to governmental agencies.
Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) is a movement, and the more than 50 organizations of the National VOAD are the driving force behind recovery from natural and human-caused disasters in the United States and its territories. VOAD member organizations forcus on all stages of disasters - prepardness, relief, response, recovery, and mitigation.
Locally, the Connecticut VOAD mirrors this national framework and continuously seeks new partnerships with voluntary and faith-based organizations that have a mommitment to disaster activities in the state.
Milford, Conn., Nov. 8, 2012 -- Many waterfront homes have been damaged beyond repair along the coastline of Milford. FEMA is working with many partners including federal, state, local and tribal governments, voluntary, faith-based and community-based organizations, and the private sector to assist residents impacted by Hurricane Sandy. Photo by Marilee Caliendo/FEMA