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.

 

!! NEW NEWS - UPDATE ON LONG-TERM RECOVERY ONE YEAR SINCE TAYLORVILLE, IL TORNADO !!

 
December 1 was the one-year anniversary of the Taylorville, IL tornado. The article linked from the Springfield, IL State Journal-Register does an excellent job of describing the long-term recovery progress and unmet needs for financial assistance and volunteer skilled laborers. It provides a good case study of the challenges facing a small town that’s been hit by a devastating natural disaster but that doesn’t meet the FEMA threshold for Individual Assistance.
 
We want to thank everyone who has expressed interest in serving on an IL VOAD Long-Term Recovery Committee and would like to extend an invitation to any other individuals or organizations who were not present for our Annual Meeting on November 13 who would like to serve on a Long-Term Recovery Committee to let us know at voadillinois@gmail.com.
 
If nothing else, we would like to facilitate the sharing of additional information within the IL VOAD regarding the formation of local Long-Term Recovery Committees, their leadership structures, the organizations involved, their needs, etc. The IL VOAD plans to follow-up with interested parties regardng the types of long-term recovery assistance each organization provides, such as seed grants, hosting of volunteer work teams, materials, and skilled labor.
 

 

!! STAY SAFE THIS HOLIDAY SEASON - TIPS FROM FEMA TO HAVE A SAFE AND HAPPY HOLIDAY SEASON THIS YEAR !!

With the holiday season upon us, many people travel to loved ones, decorate their homes and places of work, and cook a family feast! As you prepare for any upcoming events, be sure you know what to do to stay safe. Then, share ways to prepare for the holidays with your family, friends, and community.

Traveling by car? If you’re heading somewhere cold, prepare your car for winter weather and pack an emergency supply kit that includes essentials like jumper cables, a car cell phone charger, a blanket, and a map.

Cooking a big meal? Prevent home fires and keep an eye on what you fry! Many cooking fires start when frying food. Stay in your kitchen and be aware of what’s going on. If you leave the kitchen, turn off the stove.

Decorating your home? Keep all candles 12 inches away from things that can burn. Three of every five home candle fires occurred when some form of combustible material was left or came too close to the candle. Consider using battery-operated flameless candles.

Other tips for holiday and travel safety include:
  • Stay off the road during and after inclement weather. Sign up for alerts and warnings for your travel destinations.
  • Turn off holiday lights at night or when you leave the house.
  • When you shop online for holiday gifts, ensure your personal information is secure.
  • Establish and maintain communications with your family while away.
For more tips, hashtags, graphics, promotional content, Twitter, and Facebook messages to share with your networks, visit Ready.gov’s Holiday and Travel Safety Toolkit