Welcome to the Florida VOAD

Mission...

Provide a forum where organizations share knowledge and resources throughout the disaster cycle-preparation, response, recovery - to help disaster survivors and their communities.

Florida VOAD...

Is a coalition of nonprofit organizations that respond to disasters as part of their overall mission. We are a statewide body that facilitates cooperation, communication, coordination and collaboration of member organizations in all phases of disaster and to maximize member impact.

Updates...

Our next meeting is our annual meeting on Thursday, May 12th, 5:30 - 7:00  pm  at the Governor's Hurricane Conference. You do not need to register for  the GHC to attend this meeting though we certainly hope you'll take advantage of the great learning and networking the conference offers. For those unable to attend the meeting in person, a conference call line will be available. 

The annual meeting is also when  we elect new officers. If you are interested in serving in a leadership role, please contact Gabe Tischler: (850) 443-2996 or by email gtischler@flaccb.org We will publish the slate of officers the week of April 25th so please indicate your interest promptly. Only members in good standing and  current with their dues are eligible to vote or hold office.

To learn more about the Governor's Hurricane Conference or to register visit www.flghc.org.


Membership Alert...

Don’t miss out on important information by neglecting your membership. Every organization is important to the success of all of us. As hurricane season approaches, membership becomes even more important. If you have questions, please contact Pam Garrison, Florida VOAD Chair: (813)-545-8479 or flvoadchair@gmail.com.

If you would like to renew your membership in Florida VOAD or you are interested in becoming a member, please see below for a description of memberships and the membership application form. 


HOPE Animal Assisted Crisis Response (Hope AACR)...

HOPE AACR received an invitation from Orange County Sheriff's Office to bring our comfort dog teams to their Communication Center and the Central Operations Center. Many of their employees were impacted by the mass shooting as they were on duty in the  Communication Center at the time of the shooting. Additionally many of their sworn and civilian members had been working extra shifts and were experiencing stress and exhaustion. Our teams went to OCSO on two separate days with seven dog and handler teams. We estimate meeting over 250 people in that time. Including Governor Scott and Orange County Mayor Theresa Jacobs who came to the Comm Center to thank both OCSO and Orange County Fire Rescue workers. We were greeted enthusiastically and frequently told this was the first time they had smiled at work since the shooting.


 

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