Minnesota VOAD is the association of voluntary agencies and their partners involved in disaster response, recovery, and preparedness. MNVOAD works to promote cooperation, communication, collaboration, and coordination — the “4 C’s” — in order to help all our members provide better service to those impacted by disasters in Minnesota.
March 2nd, 2014 § Comments Off § permalink
At last! Sorry for the wait but we had some last minute program changes and unexpected generosity in sponsorships that caused us to have to make some changes and additions for this years conference registration.
Date: The conference is Saturday, March 22nd 2014, the full schedule is in the 2014 Presentations section under conference schedule matrix.
We have an excellent program scheduled, you can see each individual session description and the full day schedule by going to the “2014 Conference Presentations” page of this website and clicking on each one. You will find that page in the list along the left side of this page.
We again have 2 general sessions, 15 breakout sessions, and the annual meeting/election/North Star Award presentation.
Several of this years breakout topics are two session presentations, don’t miss the second part by accident!
The cost of the conference is still low, including snacks and lunch for $25.00!
The conference will once again be held at Hennepin Technical College; 13100 College View Drive, Eden Prairie, MN 55347.
We are also pleased to announce that we have 60 individual scholarships available for individual CERT or VOAD conference attendees, I will talk more about that below!
Registration: This year we are streamlining registration; you do not need to “pick” each session you will attend, they are all open but the PC based training lab seats 36 maximum. You will receive a copy of the schedule matrix when you check in at the conference. Use the link below to register for the conference via SurveyMonkey:
Scholarships: As I mentioned above we have been blessed to receive generous sponsorships from several agencies for this years conference (we will name them in the opening session). We have 60 individual attendee scholarships available for this years conference to cover the registration fee. An e-mail will be sent to the MNVOAD Official Representatives and the CERTleadersMN CERT Program Managers asking them to submit two names directly to our Registration Coordinator and our Treasurer. If you have need of a scholarship speak to your VOAD or CERT Leader so they can contact us!
Payment: For those of you registering without a scholarship a PayPal link has been provided below or you may pay with cash or check, no credit cards please, at registration.
I look forward to seeing you all at the MNVOAD 2014 Conference! Don’t forget to share this information with your fellow VOAD and CERT members!
February 6th, 2014 § Comments Off § permalink
Minnesota Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (MNVOAD) is seeking nominations for individuals for their second annual MNVOAD North Star award. Individuals nominated should exemplify the philosophy and the practice of the four principles of the VOAD movement (Cooperation, Communication, Coordination, and Collaboration) in disaster response.
Nominees should facilitate and promote more effective service to people affected by disaster through convening mechanisms, outreach, advocacy, and as a champion and facilitator for the application of our values and core principles.
Contributions can be made in any area of the disaster cycle (mitigation, preparedness, response, recovery), or any combination of areas. Nominations should be no more than one single spaced page of 12 point Times New Roman Font, (1,000 word maximum).
Nominations must be received by 2/28/2014, using the link below:
Help us to choose the next individual to receive the MNVOAD North Star award! Please feel free to contact me at (firstname.lastname@example.org), or Dennis Walter at (651) 201-7442 (email@example.com) if you have any questions about the award, or the award process.
Yes, it is almost time for the 2014 MNVOAD Training Conference (March 22nd 2014) Vendor and Member Display Info Posted!
February 3rd, 2014 § Comments Off § permalink
The 2014 MNVOAD Training Conference is coming up soon! We are busily working on the opening session, 15 breakout sessions, vendor and MNVOAD Member Organization displays, the annual meeting, election, raffle, MNVOAD North Star Award nominees and closing sessions.
If you are a vendor or MNVOAD member organization who wants to have a display at the upcoming conference you can find all the information you need in the “Downloads” section of www.mnvoad.org !
Vendor and MNVOAD member organizations registrations must be received, along with payment (if required) by March 10th 2014.
Mailing/contact info is included on the registration document in the downloads section.
A PayPal link for vendor payment is inserted below.
We hope to have several hundred attendees and a large number of Vendor and MNVOAD Member Agencies displays for all of the attendees to view during networking breaks and a long mid-day break!
See you there!
January 1st, 2014 § Comments Off § permalink
May 26th, 2013 § Comments Off § permalink
MNVOAD Vice President Cheryl Vennerstrom and I participated in the National VOAD conference call regarding the Oklahoma tornados on Friday afternoon. Some MNVOAD partners are already on the ground in Oklahoma assisting. Many NVOAD Partners are on the ground providing services along with hundreds of FEMA personnel.
NVOAD is asking us to provide updates to them by Tuesday (5/28) on MNVOAD agency activities in relation to the Oklahoma tornado response and I have asked our Board and Official Reps to provide me with information I can forward to NVOAD.
Once NVOAD receives that information a Sitrep will be compiled and distributed. There are issues regarding communication and transport in Oklahoma, which are understandable. Some agencies are being deluged with donations of goods and NVOAD and MNVOAD ask all to donate monetarily if at all possible.
We will update our webpage and this Facebook page periodically on the situation and efforts to provide response/recovery.
June 30th, 2012 § Comments Off § permalink
Many voluntary agencies are now assisting homeowners with clean up. There are numerous voluntary agencies in Carlton County and in the Duluth area. Carlton County reports that they have 75 volunteers in Cloquet, 50 in Barnum and also sufficient volunteers in Moose Lake on Saturday. Some MN VOAD agencies are using volunteers who have signed up through the various volunteer centers as well as their own agency volunteers. There is a supply distribution site in Cloquet and one will be opened in Aitkin County. MnVOAD is reaching out to Pine County, Itasca County and Aitkin County to ensure that those who need assistance are receiving any help MNVOAD members can provide.
June 29th, 2012 § Comments Off § permalink
MnVOAD members involved in clean up met in Duluth on Wednesday to discuss volunteer coordination. There are national organizations as well as local organizations ready to assist with their own volunteers. MnVOAD organization will also provide leadership for the volunteers who have signed up through the United 2-1-1 call center. There is a significant amount of clean up in Carlton County including Moose Lake, Barnum and surrounding communities. There are member organizations that will begin immediate assistance in this area. There are also several groups who will assist in the Fond du Lac area.Debris removal has been resolved in both Duluth and Carlton County. Training for olunteer site leaders will be held at the Duluth City Chambers on Friday evening 6/29/12.
June 26th, 2012 § Comments Off § permalink
MnVOAD members reviewed the current status of recovery planning in Northeast Minnesota. The volunteer coordination subcommittee met at 8am. United Way 211, a local volunteer coordinator and other MnVOAD and City officials discussed plans to set up a system to coordinate volunteers and work orders. It is reported that so far 160 private homeowners have asked for assistance. It is very likely that number will increase. Moose Lake may have 150 homes affected. Willow River and Rutledge are unknown. Sheltering and meals continue to be provided to those who need it. The Red Cross also reports nursing and mental health contacts. A second planning meeting to set up the volunteer coordination system will be held on Wednesday.
June 24th, 2012 § Comments Off § permalink
The MnVOAD agencies held a conference call on Saturday including representatives in Duluth. There are still several shelters open; they are being kept open at the present.The Aitkin, Moose Lake, Thomson and Barnum communities have the most severe damage. The Salvation Army was planning to go into Pine County-Willow Lake, Sturgeon and Rutledge, however, they were put on hold until Monday due to unsafe conditions. There is reportedly a lot of damage in Sturgeon Lake. Debris removal is an issue; a plan is needed before a lot of clean up begins. United Way 211 is running a volunteer registration/profile survey. They have 398 surveys completed at this time.