Welcome to the Illinois VOAD - Your Volunteer Disaster Resource

 

MISSION

The Illinois VOAD (Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster) is the forum where organizations share knowledge and resources throughout the disaster cycle - preparation, response and recovery - to help disaster survivors and their communities.

Members of the Illinois VOAD form a coalition of nonprofit organizations that respond to disasters as part of their overall mission.

 

ILLINOIS VOAD ANNUAL MEETING NOTICE

Date: November 13, 2019

Time: 10AM - 2PM

Location: St. John Lutheran Conference Center

2477 W. Washingon St., Springfield, IL 62702

(Compliments of Lutheran Disaster Services)

The annual meeting will include the election of officers.

 

!! URGENT - IEMA ANNOUNCES DEADLINE FOR LOCAL GOVERNMENTS, NONPROFITS, HOUSES OF WORSHUP TO APPLY FOR FEDERAL PUBLIC ASSISTANCE FUNDING !!

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) is working with county emergency managers throughout the state to ensure local governments impacted by the historic spring floods have the necessary documents and paperwork in order to meet the October 19th filing deadline for federal public assistance funding.

In addition to local governments, the disaster declaration also provides reimbursement availability for private non-profit organizations and houses of worship.  Under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (Stafford Act), FEMA provides financial assistance to certain private nonprofit (PNP) organizations for the repair or replacement of facilities damaged or destroyed by a major disaster. Additionally, houses of worship owned or operated by PNP organizations can apply for assistance if their facilities suffered damage during the declared flood event.

“The state is working closely with our local partners to ensure our communities have the information they need to apply for federal funding,” said Alicia Tate-Nadeau, Acting Director of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency. “In order for local governments, non-profits and houses of worship to receive reimbursement, the proper paperwork must turned in within 30 days.  If you have a question about eligibility, we urge you to contact your county emergency management office today, so you can complete the necessary paperwork before time runs out.”

In the coming days, applicant briefings will be conducted for potential local applicants in the designated counties. These applicant briefings provide an overview of the program requirements and a hands-on session to complete the required application forms.

To apply for assistance, each organization must complete and submit a FEMA Form 90-49, Request for Public Assistance form to IEMA within 30 days of the date of the Presidential declaration. The deadline for this application is October 19. Applicants will also be required to complete and submit a Public Assistance Grant AgreementPublic Assistance Risk Assessment, and FFATA Certification forms to IEMA before grant payments can be made.

Public Assistance (PA) is available in the following counties: Adams, Alexander, Bureau, Calhoun, Carroll, Cass, Fulton, Greene, Hancock, Henderson, Henry, Jackson, Jersey, Knox, Madison, Mercer, Monroe, Morgan, Pike, Randolph, Rock Island, Schuyler, Scott, St. Clair, Stephenson, Union and Whiteside.

Under the guidelines of the PA program, local jurisdictions can be reimbursed for up to 75 percent of eligible costs. The program can provide funding for debris removal, implementation of emergency protective measures and permanent restoration of infrastructure. The program also encourages protection from future damage by providing assistance for hazard mitigation measures during the recovery process.

As a reminder, public assistance funding is not for individuals or business owners affected by the flood.  The State of Illinois was notified last week that its request for federal assistance to help residents and businesses in 22 counties along the Illinois and Mississippi River recover from flooding was denied. In a letter notifying the state of the denial, FEMA Associate Administrator Jeff Byard said federal officials “determined the impact to individuals and households from this event is not of such severity and magnitude to warrant the designation of Individual Assistance.”  This is a statement the State of Illinois passionately denies and thus, the State will appeal the decision of the federal government.

For additional information regarding the flood recovery process, visit www.illinois.gov/2019floods.

 

!! FREE COMMUNITY PREPAREDNESS COURSE OFFERINGS IN DIXON AND OTTAWA !!

Community Planning for Disaster Recovery (AWR-356)

Hosted by the Illinois Emergency Management Agency. Key concepts include the benefit of pre-disaster planning, whole community approach to planning, key elements of plans, and the plan development process.

 
Date: November 7, 2019
Time: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Location: Dixon Police Department, 220 S Hennepin Ave, Dixon, IL 61021
POC: Steve Builta, 815-288-1455, steve.builta@illinois.gov
 

Building a Roadmap to Resilience: A Whole Community Training

Hosted by the LaSalle County Emergency Management Agency in partnership with FEMA. This three-day course is intended to provide a process for establishing community coalitions and to encourage community leaders to make resiliency gains within the unique circumstances of their jurisdictions. Disasters can strike at any time, and your jurisdiction's ability to recover is dependent upon its partnerships and coalitions. Coalitions are comprised of businesses, chambers of commerce, faith-based organizations, government, non-gonvernmental organizations, and others.
 
Dates: November 19-21, 2019
Time: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Location: LaSalle County EOC, 711 E Etna Rd, Ottawa, IL 61350
Note: Registration is required by November 4, 2019.
POC: Connie Brooks, 815-433-5622, cbrooks@lasallecounty.org

 

 

!! GOV. PRITZKER ANNOUNCES FEDERAL ASSISTANCE NOW AVAILABLE TO HELP LOCAL GOVERNMENTS RECOVER FROM HISTORIC FLOODS !!

27 Counties Qualify to Apply for Federal Aid Request for Individual Assistance is Pending Federal Review

Thursday, September 19, 2019 - Governor, Office of the

Governor JB Pritzker announced today that the federal government approved his request for federal assistance so that local governments can access grants or loans to help with flood-related losses or costs incurred from battling this year's historic flooding. Twenty-seven counties along the Illinois and Mississippi rivers are now eligible to apply for federal disaster assistance.

Public Assistance will be available in the following counties: Adams, Alexander, Bureau, Calhoun, Carroll, Cass, Fulton, Greene, Hancock, Henderson, Henry, Jackson, Jersey, Knox, Madison, Mercer, Monroe, Morgan, Pike, Randolph, Rock Island, Schuyler, Scott, St. Clair, Stephenson, Union and Whiteside.

"My administration stands with every resident and business impacted by this year's flooding, and we will help our communities rebuild stronger and more resilient," said Governor JB Pritzker. "I want to thank our Congressional delegation for their advocacy, as well as our state and federal partners, for their help securing the additional resources I requested."

"We will begin working immediately with FEMA and our county emergency managers to expedite this process as local governments will have 30 days to submit the proper documentation for funding," said Acting Director Alicia Tate-Nadeau of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA). "While this declaration is specifically for local and state governments, we have been told that the governor's request for Individual Assistance, which helps homeowners and business owners, remains under review."

Under the Public Assistance program, FEMA awards grants to assist state and local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations with the response to and recovery from disasters. Under the guidelines of the PA program, local jurisdictions can be reimbursed for up to 75 percent of eligible costs. The program can provide funding for debris removal, implementation of emergency protective measures and permanent restoration of infrastructure. The program also encourages protection from future damage by providing assistance for hazard mitigation measures during the recovery process. The state of Illinois will work with FEMA to manage the program and administer the funding.

The governor has also directed the Illinois Emergency Management Agency to work with affected areas not covered by this federal disaster declaration to explore all available options to help them in the wake of this disaster. This could include further damage evaluations, appealing the federal denial or identifying other funding sources.

 

!! DHS ANNOUNCES GRANT ALLOCATIONS FOR FISCAL YEAR 2019 PREPAREDNESS GRANTS !!

As part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) ongoing efforts to support state, local, tribal and territorial partners, Acting Secretary Kevin K. McAleenan today announced final allocations of $350 million for six Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 DHS competitive preparedness grant programs. These allocations together with the more than $1.3 billion in non-competitive grant funding announced by DHS in April, total more than $1.7 billion in FY 2019 granted to assist states, local areas, tribal and territorial governments, nonprofit agencies, and the private sector with their preparedness efforts.

Since 2002, DHS has awarded more than $52 billion to these partners. Preparedness grants strengthen our nation’s ability to prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to, and recover from terrorist attacks, major disasters, and other emergencies in support of the National Preparedness Goal and the National Preparedness System.

The FY 2019 preparedness grants focus on the nation’s highest risk areas, including urban areas that continue to face the most significant threats. Consistent with previous grant guidance, dedicated funding is provided for law enforcement and terrorism prevention activities throughout the country to prepare for, prevent, and respond to terrorism-related activity.

All capabilities being built or sustained must have a clear linkage to the core capabilities articulated in the National Preparedness Goal.

Preparedness Grant Program Allocations for Fiscal Year 2019:

Homeland Security Grant Program (HSGP)—provides more than $billion for states and urban areas to prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to, and recover from acts of terrorism and other threats.

  • State Homeland Security Program (SHSP)—provides $415 million to support the implementation of the National Preparedness System to build and strengthen preparedness capabilities at all levels.

  • Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI)—provides $590 million to enhance regional preparedness and capabilities in 31 high-threat, high-density areas. States and Urban Areas are required to dedicate 25 percent of UASI funds to law enforcement terrorism prevention activities.

  • Operation Stonegarden (OPSG)—provides $90 million to enhance cooperation and coordination among local, tribal, territorial, state and federal law enforcement agencies to jointly enhance security along the United States land and water borders.

Since the enactment of the 9/11 Act, FEMA has required states to ensure that at least 25 percent of the total funds awarded to them under SHSP and UASI are dedicated toward law enforcement terrorism prevention activities (LETPA).  The total LETPA allocation can be satisfied from SHSP, UASI or both. In addition, states must obligate at least 80 percent of the funds awarded under SHSP and UASI to local or tribal units of government within 45 days of receipt of the funds.

Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMPG)—provides more than $350 million to assist state, local, tribal, territorial governments in enhancing and sustaining all-hazards emergency management capabilities.

Tribal Homeland Security Grant Program (THSGP)—provides $10 million to eligible tribal nations to implement preparedness initiatives to help strengthen the nation against risk associated with potential terrorist attacks and other hazards.

Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP)—provides $60 million to support target hardening and other physical security enhancements for nonprofit organizations that are at high risk of a terrorist attack. This year, $50 million is provided to nonprofits in UASI-designated urban areas, and $10 million is provided to nonprofits located in any state or territory.

Intercity Passenger Rail - Amtrak (IPR) Program—provides $10 million to protect critical surface transportation infrastructure and the traveling public from acts of terrorism and increase the resilience of the Amtrak rail system.

Port Security Grant Program (PSGP)—provides $100 million to help protect critical port infrastructure from terrorism, enhance maritime domain awareness, improve port-wide maritime security risk management, and maintain or reestablish maritime security mitigation protocols that support port recovery and resiliency capabilities.

Transit Security Grant Program (TSGP)—provides $88 million to owners and operators of transit systems to protect critical surface transportation and the traveling public from acts of terrorism and to increase the resilience of transit infrastructure.

Intercity Bus Security Grant Program (IBSGP)—provides $2 million to owners and operators of intercity bus systems to protect critical surface transportation infrastructure and the traveling public from acts of terrorism and to increase the resilience of transit infrastructure. 

In addition to the competitive grants announced today, in April 2019, DHS announced more than $1.3 billion in preparedness grant program funding.    

Further information on DHS’s preparedness grant programs is available at www.dhs.gov and http://www.fema.gov/grants.