National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization that serves as the forum where organizations share knowledge and resources throughout the disaster cycle—preparation, response, recovery and mitigation—to help communities prepare for and recover from disasters.
The Mountain West VOAD was a concept that was brought to life in September of 2013. In an effort to bolster relationships and capabilities between states that experience similar challenges in response, it was decided that intentionally coordinating an effort to bring these states together would be invaluable. The states originially involved with the MWVOAD were Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Utah, Montana, Wyoming and Colorado. Today, over 15 states have participated in MWVOAD activities, and involvement is not limited to any particular states.
Colorado Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (COVOAD) is the Colorado State Chapter of the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster. It consists of organizations active in disaster response throughout the state of Colorado. COVOAD’s role is to bring organizations together, enable them to understand each other, and work together in a cohesive manner. To accomplish these goals, COVOAD meets with its member organizations several times each year to share information and training opportunities. These meetings also provide the opportunity to conduct business, plan, network, and provide updates on current disaster relief efforts.
The LarimerVOAD (Larimer County Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster) is a group of local organizations and service providers’ active in disaster relief. We foster, through cooperation, more effective emergency services to the people of Larimer County and surrounding jurisdictions affected by disasters. We are dedicated to obtaining, maintaining and distributing support services by establishing network of communications, and by prompting education of our activities to increase awareness, preparedness and response.