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Nashville Radio Show: Hands on Nashville & VOAD

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Duration: 15:10
Host Jeremy C. Park talks with Lori Shinton, President and CEO of Hands on Nashville and Chair of Nashville VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster), who highlights the structure that provides a mechanism for representatives of voluntary agencies and organizations that have a role, purpose
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Host Jeremy C. Park talks with Lori Shinton, President and CEO of Hands on Nashville and Chair of Nashville VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster), who highlights the structure that provides a mechanism for representatives of voluntary agencies and organizations that have a role, purpose or function in disaster response and recovery to network and share information. VOAD is dedicated to whole community engagement and recognizes that all sectors of society must work together to foster more resilient communities. During the interview, Lori talks about the focus and goals for Nashville VOAD, the VOAD Emergency Management Cycle, the organizations involved, lessons learned, how the community can help, and much more.What is VOAD?Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster or “VOAD” is a structure that provides a mechanism for representatives of voluntary agencies and organizations that have a role, purpose or function in disaster response and recovery to network and share information.VOAD is dedicated to whole community engagement and recognize that all sectors of society must work together to foster more resilient communities.What is the Nashville VOAD Emergency Management Cycle?Mitigation - Minimizing the effects of disastersPreparedness - Planning how to respondResponse – Protecting the public and meeting survivors’ immediate needsRecovery - Returning the community to normalWhat are some of the goals of the Nashville VOAD?Increase capacity to provide more efficient services to survivors of disasters;Better response to disasters through cooperation, communication, coordination, and collaboration;Networking and sharing best practices with individuals and organizations active in disaster response;Reduce or eliminate the adverse effect of natural, technological, and human-caused hazards on our socio-economic and physical environments through preparedness, mitigation, and education.Why is the Nashville VOAD beneficial to our communities?  Because it:Builds relationships and trust between organizations and community partners;Brings diverse groups together around an issue to create solutions;Increases community resiliency through collaborative preparedness and training efforts;Creates a responsive structure that can be deployed immediately upon disaster;Increases coordination among partnering organizations which leads to a reduction in duplication of services;Provides points of contact for emergency managers and allows for a smooth information flow in a disaster;Can support the development of long-term recovery by supporting Long-Term Recovery Groups and their activities;It’s an educational resource to residents of a community.How many organizations are involved in the Nashville VOAD?There are currently 51 member organizations who have committed to being a member of the Nashville VOAD.Many organizations have taken on more active roles in ensuring the procedures are in place and there are plans to tap into neighborhoods and/or the community as a whole depending on the level of disaster.Other organizations will take more active roles when training and also provide hands on service at the time of a disaster.We are currently made up of nonprofits, community organizations, and faith-based institutions.Representatives from several city-affiliated groups are also involved in preparation and response to disasters.What is the relationship between the city and VOAD when it comes to disaster response?The relationship between the Nashville VOAD and Metro Nashville Office of Emergency Management (OEM) is a critical component to a successful VOAD.Metro Nashville OEM expertise in disaster preparedness, mitigation, response, and recovery is an important resource.OEM will provide disaster training and education to all VOAD members and is committed to collaborating with the Nashville VOAD to ensure a coordinated response between the city and the VOAD members.In addition to the Nashville VOAD’s relationship with OEM, several other disaster preparedness and response partners will help to provide training to our members.Nashville VOAD’s current structure has unfolded over the course of the past 18 months due to disasters in NashvilleTornado – March 3, 2020The reconvening of the Nashville VOAD was in its earliest stages when the tornado hit March of 2020Conversations were happening around how to recognize the 10th anniversary of the May 2010 floods, and several of us thought the re-establishing the work of the Nashville VOAD was the most impactful way to do so.Since no formal group was in place, organizations followed Nashville’s Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan as a blueprint to responding to those in need.Shortly after, the Davidson Co. Long-Term Recovery Group was formed t
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