WHO AND WHAT IS KANSAS VOAD
KSVOAD'S main goal is to increase coordination, cooperation, communication, education and to improve disaster legislation. Bringing together National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster, will provide more effective services through mitigation and response for the benefit of people effected (imperiled and impacted) by disaster through: COORDINATION: To coordinate policy among member organizations and to serve as liaison advocate, and national voice. COOPERATION: To create a climate of cooperation at all levels (including the grass roots) and to provide information. COMMUNICATION: To disseminate information through the newsletter, the director, research and demonstration, case study and critique. EDUCATION: To increase mutual awareness and understanding of each organization. CONVENTION MECHANISMS: To arrange for such meetings and conferences as necessary to accomplish the purpose of KS VOAD. LEGISLATION: To encourage effective disaster relief legislation and policy.
THE ROLE OF VOAD IN TIME OF DISASTER:
The role of a VOAD group is not to manage disaster response operations; it is to coordinate planning and preparations in advance of disaster incidents and operations. When an incident happens, the role of the VOAD chair is to convene or co-convene with an appropriate partner a meeting of all of the voluntary response organizations as soon as possible. Within a reasonable period of time, it is also appropriate for VOAD to convene or co-convene with an appropriate partner a meeting of the recovery organizations to discuss what from the long-range coordinating entity for unmet needs should take. (NVOAD Board of Directors May 31, 1996, Draft Minutes paragraph VI)
MEMBERSHIP IN KSVOAD
Membership can be obtained by any non-profit voluntary organization having a constitutional reference and who supports an organized disaster response program. The service and resources of that organization also need to be available to all disaster victims. Representation of county and state agencies are encouraged to have liaison involvement with KSVOAD. Their advice and expertise should be sought and encouraged. These representatives serve as ex-officio members and do not hold voting privileges. Members participating and voting at any (annual/regular) meeting shall be designated representatives of participating organizations and shall have one vote. Written proxies are acceptable if presented to the chairperson prior to the meeting.