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.
June 24th, 2014 § Comments Off § permalink
MINNESOTA FLOODS OF 2014
While we are thankful that the weather has improved and storms are abated, we know that many communities have been impacted by floods from heavy rains this summer.
Cleanup and recovery has begun but vulnerable residents impacted by the floods will require help and support for some time to come. The Salvation Army has been providing food for volunteers and residents who are at risk. The Salvation Army in collaboration with American Red Cross, are sending cleanup kits to aid in the recovery. The cleanup kits are a popular item and in great demand. There are numerous private organizations, many of them members and partners of MNVOAD, who are providing cleanup assistance, cleanup supplies and volunteers to support communities in their recovery.
These events are managed by local emergency managers and representatives from the state HSEM.The quick response and aid to these communities is a testament to the strong relationships and collaboration that are in place between government and non-government agencies. MNVOAD and representatives from the state have been hosting daily conference calls to ensure that coordination is maintained between voluntary organizations, the state and emergency managers in the impacted jurisdictions. Call in information and notes are available by contacting Dennis Walter, at Dennis.Walter@state.mn.us.
We want to encourage any resident or any community affected by the floods in need of help and support, to call 211 United Way for information on recovery resources available in their area.
Any organizations looking to support relief and recovery efforts in Minnesota are strongly encouraged to contact either Dennis Walter or Ruth Talford before taking action:
Ruth Talford, MNVOAD President
June 3rd, 2014 § Comments Off § permalink
Hello MNVOAD members!
Thank you so very much to all who participated in our MNVOAD Disaster Simulation and General Meeting on May 22nd. We learned a lot from each other and we were thrilled to see such a wide array of members and partners at the table and on the call. There was a lot of great information shared, so if you missed the meeting or just need a recap of the opportunity details please read the posted meeting minutes!
We would love to hear your feedback on this event, and to give you an opportunity to share your thoughts/ideas for our MNVOAD Goals and Initiatives moving forward. The MNVOAD Board is about to have a strategic planning session on how to best meet the needs of our organization, so input from our members and partners would be greatly appreciated! Whether or not you participating in our last meeting, please take a few moments to think about the questions posed in this survey, and submit your responses by Friday, June 6th.
Click here to take the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/FJRBS8P
Thank you and have a wonderful day!
May 5th, 2014 § Comments Off § permalink
We are pleased to announce that our next MNVOAD General Membership meeting will be held on Thursday, May 22, 2014, from 6-8 p.m.
It will be hosted from the American Red Cross Office,1201 W River Parkway, Minneapolis with WebEx video teleconferencing available for our out-state members.
For online document access and video feed go to: https://meetings.webex.com/collabs/meetings/view?uuid=M5DUFML8YVH5SEQ9JGNI1QJRIY-4O4&ucs=email and click “Join Meeting”.
Teleconference call-in number: (888) 742-5095,
In order to prepare for large disasters that may occur in our own state, we will open the meeting by simulating a MNVOAD disaster coordination call; providing our members an opportunity to practice sharing operational information and coordinating agency resources to meet community needs for a hypothetical disaster scenario! This will be followed by a simulation debrief with lessons learned, and then transition into our program and member agency updates. We are excited for this opportunity to learn and connect with our membership, so we hope you will join us!
Please also mark your calendars for the following MNVOAD General Membership meetings:
• Thursday, August 21, 2014, 6-8 p.m., at Salvation Army Office,
2445 Prior Ave N, Roseville, MN.
• Thursday, November 20, 2014, 6-8 p.m. Location TBD
These meetings are open to all of our valued members and partners!
April 24th, 2014 § Comments Off § permalink
Thank you to all those who joined us at our 2014 Annual Minnesota VOAD Conference on Saturday, March 22nd 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!
And thanks to the very generous financial support we received from Minnesota Homeland Security & Emergency Management (HSEM), Ramsey County Emergency Management & Homeland Security, the Metropolitan Emergency Managers Association (MEMA), and the Association of Minnesota Emergency Managers (AMEM), we were able to keep our costs low and even offer free admission to dozens of MNVOAD member volunteers.
During the conference, we also held our General MNVOAD Membership meeting, at which Dan Hoeft from NECHAMA, last year’s North Star Award winner, presented this year’s award to Red Cross volunteer, Mike Hofmann. As the start of a new term, we welcomed several new officers to the MNVOAD Board:
- President – Ruth Talford from American Red Cross (ARC)
- Vice President – Nancy Beers from Lutheran Social Services (LSS)
- Secretary – Dan Christopulos from International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC)
- Webmaster – Liza Brazelton from MN Animal Disaster Coalition (MN ADC)
- Co-Treasurer – Cheryl Vennerstrom from Headwaters Relief Organization (joining Heather Winkleblack from ARC and Garrett Alessandroni from Salvation Army
We celebrated the MNVOAD accomplishments of the past year, (such as the release of our statewide Long Term Recovery Manual) and thanked our outgoing President, Charlie O’Brien, and interim Vice-President, Cherryl Vennerstrom, for their service. Plus, many of our member volunteers received cool raffle prizes!
This conference wouldn’t have been possible without the hard work of our conference committee members and the support of our wonderful sponsors and donors. THANK YOU!!!
Very soon, we will start planning for next year’s MNVOAD conference (your ideas and talents would be welcome for thisJ ). Please keep an eye out for details, and in the meantime, check out the 2014 conference photos submitted by your peers on our Facebook page!
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 (email@example.com), or Dennis Walter at (651) 201-7442 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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
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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.