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Fireworks, cookouts and family is beckoning us all to celebrate Independence Day holiday weekend. Before you go, take a moment to see some wonderful things happening with MNVOAD and exciting things for you to participate throughout July and August.
MNVOAD General Membership Meeting was held on June 25. Member agencies shared updates and training opportunities and discussed several MNVOAD initiatives for the coming year. For full discussion see general membership minutes at Meetings page. We encourage all agencies to participate in the following committees. Contact the chairperson as listed.
o NVOAD Conference Host Committee – Judy Rue (email@example.com or 763-427-0822
Hyatt Regency in Minneapolis, May 22-26, 2016.
o Membership Committee – Marie Putnam (firstname.lastname@example.org)
o Communications Committee – Liza Brazelton (email@example.com)
o Policies and Procedures Committee – Dan Christopulos (Dchristopulos@iocc.org)
o Nominating Committee – Tom Anderson (Tomandkaty@mac.com)
o Finance Committee – Cheryl Vennestrom (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Rev. David Myers Visit-Friday, July 17, 2015.
Rev. Myers, is the Director of the DHS Center for Faith-based & Neighborhood Partnerships and a Senior Advisor to FEMA Administrator Fugate. He’s coming to Minnesota as part of a series of trips to strong state VOADs to identify great initiatives and to understand challenges that FEMA and the Center may be able to assist with. If your agency would like to have a representative in this discussion, please email me, email@example.com by July 12.
MNVOAD Board Openings
Due to personal reasons two of our Board members, Charlie O’Brian and Ed Povlinski, have taken leave from the MNVOAD board. We welcome any nominations for new candidates for a special fall election. Please submit questions or nominations to Tom Anderson (Tomandkaty@mac.com).
Please check our Training page for upcoming trainings and webinars.
MNVOAD will be hosting the 2016 NATIONAL VOAD CONFERENCE in Minneapolis.
Save the date May 22-27, 2015.
As we look forward to the warming of Spring in May, it is all but filled with a lot of activity and important events. Weather wise, we’ve seen tornados in Oklahoma and flash floods in Texas. Globally, we see the devastation of earthquakes in Nepal and earthquakes in Japan.
However, we want to draw your attention to some important training that will help you as serve your communities in disaster events. We hope you will take advantage of these opportunities shared with us by our members and partners.
Points of Light is offering two free online opportunities to help your organizations, agencies, and volunteers better prepare themselves to respond to disasters of any size.
- Management of Spontaneous, Unaffiliated Volunteers Training
In partnership with Volunteer Florida
May 29, 2015, 2:00-4:00 p.m. ET To register go to https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2115062714599927041
- Operation Volunteer Placement: A Volunteer Reception Center Exercise
June 16, 2015. For additional information and to register, visit: www.drc-group.com/project/vrc.html
Coming up fairly soon on May 14, 2015 is a series of webinar provided by the
ADA National Network/FEMA Webinar Series through the Pacific ADA Center Emergency Management and Preparedness-Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities
Webinar Series: “FEMA Promising Practices: Closing Gaps in Local Emergency Plans and Grassroots Emergency Planning”
Times: 2.30 p.m. ET/1.30 p.m. CT/12.30 p.m. MT/11.30 a.m. PT/9.80 a.m. Hawaii
Registration: Free on-line at http://www.adapresentations.org/registration.php
Last but not least, check out the various topics represented at the:
2015 Disaster Behavioral Health Conference
Footprint of Disasters: Retracing Our Steps
Thursday, May 28, 2015
Earle Brown Heritage Center
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Registration fee April 16 – May 22: $75.00
Late Registration fee May 23 – May 28: $85.00
Register on line – easy process for group or individual: http://www.metrohealthready.org/training/footprint2015/
For detailed information on all of these opportunities, please go to TRAINING.
Please go to Training to view all the training and webinar available. Many events are happening in May and we hope you can participate in them. Share these information with your members and any one who may find these events, resources and opportunities equally valuable.
EVENTS AND NEWS
Under One Roof Conference – May 19-20, Duluth.
Grant funding is available to cover one night lodging and registration for approximately 22 MNVOAD affiliated volunteers! To take advantage of this grant, do NOT register online, instead, please email Tony Guerra, at firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible and be sure to reference the agency you represent.
Get Ready Gopher
Please check out the newest public education video, featuring MNVOAD agencies: Helping Out After a Disaster https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Hlb2xw88F8
Feel free to share this video
2015 National VOAD Award
If you would like to nominate an individual or agency for the please use this link to submit your nomination by April 13: https://t.e2ma.net/click/avugh/azdiei/i57f0c.
SAVE THE DATE:
Date TBD (approx. May 22-27), 2016 the National VOAD Conference is coming to Minneapolis!
Planning for this important event is already underway and we welcome your talents and support. Contact us at email@example.com to share your ideas or to join the host committee!
Thank you everyone who joined us for our 2015 Minnesota VOAD Conference on Saturday, March 28, at the Hennepin County Technical College in Eden Prairie. Once again, this conference was a great success and a lot of fun! We had several exciting speakers, educational sessions, a lot of great vendors and beautiful weather. Most importantly, our valued partners and volunteers were brought together for a day filled with networking and relationship building.
Thanks to the very generous financial support we received from St. Paul Emergency Management, Hennepin County Emergency Management and the Metropolitan Emergency Managers Association (MEMA). We had the opportunity to offer free admissions to dozens of MNVOAD member volunteers and keep our costs down.
During the conference, we also conducted the General MNVOAD Membership meeting. We debuted the newest Get Ready Gopher public education video:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Hlb2xw88F8 Helping Out After a Disaster (click here to view and also share). We also adopted the updated bylaws and shared several exciting upcoming opportunities.
At the start of this new term, we welcomed several new board members:
Tom Anderson – Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (returning)
Les Morrison – Minnesota Adventist Community Service (returning)
Marie Putnam – The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services
Judy Rue – The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services
We celebrated MNVOAD’s accomplishments of the past year, (such as the collaborative summer flood response) and thanked our outgoing board members for their service: Garrett Alessandroni (16 years), Heather Winkleblack, Dan Hoeft, and Lucy Angelis.
Many of our member volunteers received cool raffle prizes. Please check out photos from the conference on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/MNVOAD.
For those who attended the conference, please be sure to send us your feedback via the post-event survey email or this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Z3L5BKS.
Also, per popular request, the slides from our Keynote session, “Followership,” by HSEM Director, Joe Kelly, have been posted on this website under Downloads http://www.mnvoad.org/downloads/for all who would like a copy. Please let us know if there are other materials you would like to have from this event.
SAVE THE DATE:
We are excited to announce that we are hosting the 2016 National VOAD Conference in Minneapolis, May 16-19, 2016. Planning for this important event is already underway and we welcome your talents and support. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to share your ideas or to join the host committee.
March 6, 2015
2015 MNVOAD Training Conference and Annual Meeting
The Minnesota Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (MNVOAD) annual conference will be held on Saturday, March 28th at Hennepin Technical College in Eden Prairie. The theme of the conference is “LEAD – Leading to Engage Action in Disaster.” Volunteers and paid staff will represent the 30 plus members at our annual conference.
The conference will include leadership and disaster-related training, and opportunities to collaborate and network with emergency management representatives, volunteers, and private sector partners from around the state. For details, see http://www.mnvoad.org/2015-mnvoad-conference/.
Conference registration is $25 per person and includes lunch. Register at: http://2015mnvoadconference.eventbrite.com
Featured speakers include Commissioner Mona Dohman for the Department of Public Safety, Director Joe Kelly with Minnesota’s Homeland Security and Emergency Management Division, Eric Waage the Director of Hennepin County Emergency Management, Mike Boland with Xcel Energy, Mary Rhedin from FEMA Region V, and Margot Imdieke Cross with the MN State Council on Disability.
Minnesota VOAD, a 501(c)(3) organization, is the association of voluntary agencies and their partners involved in disaster response, recovery, and preparedness. MNVOAD works to promote the “4 Cs”— cooperation, communication, collaboration, and coordination—to help our members provide better service to those impacted by disasters in Minnesota.
During disasters, MNVOAD member organizations independently provide relief and recovery services. Working with officials in the affected jurisdictions, MNVOAD facilitates conference calls to foster inter-agency communication and efficient allocation of resources. Additionally, MNVOAD helps in identification of unmet needs and resource provision. These services help ensure implementation of best practices, reduce costs by avoiding redundancies and improve response time in meeting the basic needs of those affected by disasters.
Please contact MNVOAD President, Ruth Talford at Ruth.Talford@redcross.org if you have any additional questions
Call for North Star Award nominations
Minnesota Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (MNVOAD) is seeking nominations from the emergency management and voluntary agency communities for their third annual MNVOAD North Star Award. The award is presented each year to individual volunteers who have provided high quality service to people affected by disasters or emergencies by demonstrating and promoting VOAD’s “4 C’s” (Communication, Collaboration, Cooperation and Coordination) in their disaster responses.
We’ve heard many stories about how voluntary agencies banded together during last Summer’s statewide flooding to serve people who were affected. Did you witness one or more of these partnerships? If so, please consider nominating the volunteers who made that happen. Send your nominations by filling out the attached form and return it to Dennis Walter by e-mail at email@example.com
Deadline for nominations is by the close of business on Friday, March 6, 2015.
Click on this link for the application: 2015 North Star Award
2015 MNVOAD Training Conference and Annual Meeting Reminder
Please remember to join us for this year’s MNVOAD conference, Saturday, March 28, 2015 at Hennepin Technical College in Eden Prairie. We will be presenting the North Star Award at the conference. The conference is open to all emergency managers and voluntary agency leaders and features many interesting presentations.
The cost to attend is just $25 per person which includes lunch.
More information about the conference, including the agenda can be found at: http://www.mnvoad.org/2015-mnvoad-conference/.
Click here for a complete program: 2015 MNVOAD Conference Program
Click here to register: http://2015mnvoadconference.eventbrite.com
Seeking MNVOAD Board Candidates
As a few of our board members approach the end of their terms in March, we will have openings for some new members to join this wonderful team! These positions are open to individuals who represent a MNVOAD member agency on either a paid or voluntary basis. If you would like to nominate yourself or a peer, please send an email with your/their name and contact info to firstname.lastname@example.org. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have about these positions.
Congratulations Mennonite Disaster Service! Kudos to a wonderful partner, the Mennonite Disaster Service for winning the Outstanding Volunteer Partnership Award, during the 2015 Governor’s HSEM Conference last week! See the details at https://www.facebook.com/MNVOAD
MNVOAD TRAINING ANNOUNCEMENTS – FEBRUARY 2015
Upcoming HSEM “First Tuesday” presentations – February 3, 2015, 1-2 p.m.
Please join us for HSEM’s next “First Tuesday” WebEx webinar presentation on Tuesday, February 3, 2015, from 1:00 until 2:00 PM Central Time: Amateur Radio Support for Emergency Managers.
Presenters will be Dan Anderson (KD0ASX) and Michael Ostlund (N0ANP) from Hennepin County Emergency Management (also serving as Minnesota Section Emergency Coordinator and Assistant Coordinator for the Amateur Radio Relay League (ARRL). We will be discussing how Amateur Radio operators can use their equipment (and yours) to augment/supplement local communications and volunteer management capabilities and “connect” donations, volunteer management and mass care facilities with your Operations Center during times of emergency/disaster.
To join the online meeting:
1. Go to https://mn.webex.com/mn/j.php?MTID=m7bd64a6477104c28f904bd73e5e2e3a3
2. If a password is required, enter the meeting password: password
3. Click “Join”.
To join the teleconference only: Dial in number: 1-888-742-5095 & enter conference code 766 492 6558
Additional proposed 2015 “First Tuesday” webinars, for your information:
April 7 MN Disaster Recovery Programs
June 2 Establishing and Operating Donations Facilities
August 4 Involving Community Volunteers and Citizen Corps Members
October 6 Volunteers and Mass Care Operations
December 1 Animals In Disaster
Contact Dennis E. Walter (N0VZB) at email@example.com with any questions!
Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services Training – February 10-17, 2015
The Salvation Army – Northern Division is pleased to announce that the The Emergency Disaster Services Department has EDS training available in February 2015.
- Introduction to Emergency Disaster Services with Safe from Harm (TWO DAY TRAINING)
- Tuesday, February 10, 2015, 5-9 p.m. and Thursday, February 12, 2015, 5-9 p.m.
- Disaster Food Services: Handling and Delivery with ServSafe (TWO DAY TRAINING)
- Tuesday, February 17, 2015, 5-9 p.m. and Thursday, February 19, 2015, 5-9 p.m.
Please go to (http://salvationarmynorth.org/community/twin-cities-metro/community-pages/eds-training-registration-form-twin-cities/) for more information and to register for these training opportunities! If you have any questions, please email Heidi Mathison (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call 651-746-3415.
Feel free to pass this along to other interested volunteers and community members!
Minneapolis Health Department Emergency Preparedness Training–Tuesday, February 24, 2015, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
Please join us for this FREE training for Community and Faith Based Organizations. The speaker will be Dr. Mark Seeley, University of Minnesota Extension Climatologist and he will be presenting about Climate Change & Severe Weather in our Own Backyard.
The presentation will be at the Center for Changing Lives located at 2400 Park Avenue in Minneapolis, MN. To register, go to http://surveymonkey.com/s/2015_EP_training by February 17, 2015.