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Eric Dahl Coordinator, Santa Barbara VOAD and San Luis Obispo County VOAD Vice President, Southern California VOAD August 25, 2011.

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1 Eric Dahl Coordinator, Santa Barbara VOAD and San Luis Obispo County VOAD Vice President, Southern California VOAD August 25, 2011

2  Second strongest landfall in recorded US history.  Category 5 with winds of at least 190 miles per hour.

3  8,931 injuries  296 deaths: 143 in Gulf states and 153 in Virginia due to catastrophic flooding  5,662 homes destroyed, 13,915 severely damaged Responding agencies did the best they could, but...

4  Services were not coordinated  Numerous organizations served disaster victims independently of one another, including government and the nonprofit sector.  Help came to the disaster victim haphazardly as different organizations assisted in specific ways.  Service coverage was uneven  Some efforts were duplicated, wasting precious resources.  Some needs were not met, leaving victims vulnerable.

5  Volunteers were poorly utilized  Many organizations offered the same kinds of volunteer opportunities, while there was a total lack of other service opportunities, frustrating volunteers.  Training was limited or unavailable.  Information sharing was haphazard  Public information about services during and after the disaster was inadequate and "catch-as-catch-can."  Communication among voluntary disaster agencies was very limited and mechanisms for coordinating services were non-existent.

6  Seven national nonprofit organizations met on July 15, 1970, at the headquarters of the American Red Cross to address these problems and to improve coordination of national disaster responses.  American Red Cross  Christian Reformed World Relief Committee  Mennonite Disaster Service  National Disaster Relief Office of the Roman Catholic Church  Seventh-day Adventist Church  Southern Baptist Convention  St. Vincent de Paul Society  Annual meetings were held starting in 1971.  National VOAD was established in 1975.

7  50 National Members

8  VOADs in all 50 states and 5 territories

9  VOADs in both Northern & Southern California NorCal VOAD SoCal VOAD

10  Three VOADs on the Central Coast

11  In 2007 leaders from the American Red Cross, Unity Shoppe, Foodbank, and other nonprofits active in disaster joined together to inaugurate Santa Barbara County VOAD (SBC VOAD).

12 Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster  In 2008 the Aware & Prepare Initiative began funding SBC VOAD activities under Priority Theme Area # 7:

13  To promote improved outcomes for people affected by disasters  by fostering communication, cooperation, coordination, and collaboration  among nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and for-profit companies active in all phases of the disaster management cycle.

14  SBC VOAD was activated in response to the Tea Fire, which began on November 13, 2008.  Members collaborated on:  Food preparation and delivery  Managing in-kind donations  Long term recovery  The Long Term Recovery Committee worked for 18 months and distributed $434,447 to county residents. Tea Fire

15  SBC VOAD also responded to the Jesusita Fire, which began on May 5, 2009.  Activities included:  Sheltering and feeding close to 1,000 evacuees  Boarding hundreds of small and large animals  Evacuating residents from nursing care facilities  Sorting and distributing in-kind donations  Assisting residents with long term recovery Jesusita Fire

16  SBC VOAD members assisted residents of Guadalupe affected by flooding of the Santa Maria River on December 19, 2010 with:  Shelter  Food  Temporary housing funds Tea Fire Guadalupe Flooding

17  SBC VOAD membership now includes more than 40 organizations.

18  SBC VOAD has been organized according to the Incident Command System (ICS)

19  Disaster Resource Directory Searchable database of members’ disaster-related resources and services to enable the EOC to fill community needs more quickly and effectively

20  Coordinated Emergency Procedures For key operational areas, including  Feeding  In-kind donations  Volunteer management  Long-term recovery

21  Emergency Volunteer Center for managing spontaneous unaffiliated volunteers Agencies Request volunteers Receive volunteers

22  Individual and Family Preparedness For VOAD organizations’ staff and volunteers

23  Shake-Out Santa Barbara County 2010 Earthquake Recovery Exercise —65 participants, 15 organizations

24  Ensuring Operational Survival Business Continuity Planning for Nonprofits—44 participants

25  VOAD EOC Liaison Training Program Building capacity to coordinate VOAD resources through the EOC

26  Access and Functional Needs Steering Group Mission: to increase preparedness of people with access and functional needs who are living independently

27  Public Information Kiosks Mission: to improve the dissemination of useful information about disaster services to the public throughout Santa Barbara County

28  Incident-Specific Collaborative Fund Raising Mission: to provide a system for accepting donations and distributing funds...  For donors who want to support response and recovery efforts related to a specific disaster  That distributes 100% of the funds locally  And is administered through a transparent and collaborative decision-making process

29  In-Kind Donations Management System Mission: to manage information and donated goods so that  The community’s specific needs are quickly ascertained  Potential donors are informed about what is needed  Goods are promptly sorted and distributed to individuals in need

30  Emergency Response Planning for Nonprofits Mission: to help VOAD members and other nonprofits to implement practical plans during a disaster to:  Protect staff and volunteers  Respond effectively to scaled-up client needs

31  Multi-agency disaster case management system Mission: to improve tracking and reporting of services, goods, and financial assistance provided to clients during and after a disaster

32  Shake, Rattle and Roll 2011 Earthquake Recovery Exercise Mission: to evaluate and improve communication and coordination among VOAD members and the EOC.  Emotional and Spiritual Care Steering Group Mission: to build skills among pastoral counselors, therapists, and disaster workers to improve emotional and spiritual health of people affected by disasters.


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