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.
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,
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