Southern Arizona Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster






Who We Are

Southern Arizona Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (SoAzVOAD) is a regional coalition of non-government, government, and for-profit agencies that may be active in all phases of disaster (preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation).  Created in 2002 by the Volunteer Center of Southern Arizona and the Pima County Office of Emergency Management, our mission is to foster disaster preparedness and inter-agency cooperation to better provide comprehensive services to vulnerable communities and disaster survivors.  It serves six counties in southern Arizona -- Pima, Cochise, Graham, Greenlee, Santa Cruz, and Yuma.

We are a regional chapter of the Arizona State Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster or AZVOAD.    AZVOAD is a member of the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster, or NVOAD. 

NVOAD was created in 1970 in response to challenges encountered by many disaster relief organizations following Hurricane Camille, which hit the Gulf Coast in August 1969.  Numerous disaster relief organizations acted independently with little coordination, cooperation, or communication.  As a result, efforts were inefficient, sporadic, and haphazard, and victims and communities did not received aid equally.  NVOAD was formed by key organizations to bring disaster relief agencies together in order to provide more effective services in all phases of disaster.  It has now become a national consortium of recognized national organizations and is the primary point of contact for voluntary organizations in the National Response Coordination Center at FEMA headquarters.  It is also a signatory to the National Response Plan.

What We Do

  • SoAzVOAD encourages communication, coordination, cooperation, and collaboration to foster more effective disaster relief,

  • It fosters partnerships between non-government and government sectors to enhance collaborative disaster relief,
  • It conducts outreach to recruit non-government, faith-based, and other voluntary groups,
  • It provides networking opportunities, workshops, and training and exercise opportunities to enhance preparedness for partner organizations and the community, and
  • It encourages effective disaster relief legislation and policy.







Contact Information:

General Inquires:  Lisa Humenik,                                     

Technical Inquiries:  Stan Hamnett,


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