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.

 

!! HELP WANTED - EXPERIENCED ROOFERS FOR TAYLORVILLE LONG-TERM RECOVERY !!

 
The Taylorville, IL Long Term Recovery group is actively working this summer on unmet needs projects stemming from the December 1, 2018 tornado that damaged more than 700 homes with more than 300 residents applying for assistance from Missions for Taylorville. Their most pressing need at present is for volunteers experienced in roofing projects (or willing to learn). Five homes have been prepped for needed roofing repairs and dozens more still have blue tarps. Taylorville (pop. 10,500) is the county seat of Christian County and located 27 miles south of Springfield.o
 
For more information on the work involved, scheduling and hosting by local churches, contact Long Term Recovery Manager Lloyd Hoover whose email is ltrmanager@hotmail.com or (217) 825-7159.  
 
 

!! STATE AGENCIES STAND UNITED TO OFFER COMPREHENSIVE RECOVERY ASSISTANCE FOR THOSE IMPACTED BY EXTENSIVE SPRING FLOODING !!

SPRINGFIELD -- The State of Illinois launched a comprehensive website (www.Illinois.gov/2019Floods) dedicated to disaster recovery. Governor JB Pritzker has instructed agency directors across state government to make resources available to help local communities recover from this devastating flood. From emergency housing assistance to replacing SNAP benefits or agricultural aide, countless state agencies have come together to offer help to those affected by severe, widespread flooding.

“This flood event has had an unprecedented reach – impacting residents, business owners, farmers and entire communities,” said Acting IEMA Director Alicia Tate-Nadeau. “Disasters take a toll on one’s physical and mental health. As Illinoisans begin to clean-up their businesses and homes, we also want to make mental health a priority.  We are proud to partner with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) to offer a free informational Helpline – a much needed lifeline for those impacted by this disaster.”  

“As a lifelong farmer I know firsthand how stressful farm life can be in a normal year, but this year has been exceptionally hard on our farmers not only financially, but mentally,” said John Sullivan, Director, Illinois Department of Agriculture. “If you need help please reach out to someone. Know you are not alone in feeling the pressure to secure your crops.” 

The 2019 Illinois Flood Recovery website provides information on:

• Debris and Damage Reporting Tools
• Recovery resources- Emergency Housing and Mortgage Assistance, Availability of Multi-Agency Resource Centers, Health and Safety, Agricultural Resources, Fraud Alert information and Disaster Volunteer Organizations.
• Mental Health Helpline
• Road/Travel Updates
• Press Releases
• County Emergency Management contacts

“If you or your family has been impacted by the flooding, storms, or power outages, we want to help,” said IDHS Secretary Grace Hou. “We’ve helped hundreds of families in the past week receive replacement Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits when their food purchased with SNAP was destroyed by the storms or power outages. Please call 1-800-843-6154 or visit a local IDHS office to request replacement SNAP.”

As many communities begin to eye the clean-up and recovery process, Illinois’ Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters (VOAD) stand ready to help those in need.

To date, Governor JB Pritzker has issued a state disaster proclamation for 34 counties in Illinois due to the extreme flooding along the Illinois, Mississippi rivers and its tributaries.  Once the water recedes, counties will begin compiling damage assessment information, which will be turned into IEMA in order to submit a request for a federal disaster declaration.

 

 

UPCOMING IL VOAD EVENTS

 

IL VOAD ANNUAL MEETING

November 13, 2019

Time: 10AM - 2PM

Location: TBD

The annual meeting will include the election of officers

Contact IL VOAD for more information: voadillinois@gmail.com 

 

MASS CARE EMERGENCY - EARTHQUAKE DRILL

NEW DATE: August 26-29, 2019

Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA)

Emergency Operation Center

2200 S. Dirksen Parkway

Springfield, IL

Contact IL VOAD for more information: voadillinois@gmail.com

 

NATIONAL VOAD-FEMA PARTNERSHIP DAY 2019

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Time: 8:30AM - 3:00PM

Location: FEMA HQ, 550 C St SW, Washington, DC (Holiday Inn Ballroom, and FEMA Courtyard and Conference Center).

FEMA and National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster are hosting Partnership Day 2019!

This event will recognize and build awareness of the valuable services and support our voluntary, faith-based, community partners and associations provide before, during, and after disasters.

Check out the Summer 2019 FEMA Liaison newsletter under 'Other Disaster Resources' for this and more!

Contact IL VOAD for more information: voadillinois@gmail.com