Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster

About Nashville VOAD

The Nashville and Davidson County communities have changed dramatically since the Nashville VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster) was last active in a meaningful way. Lessons learned from the Great Flood of 2010 and the tornadoes that struck our community a decade later haven’t been domiciled in a way that benefits the community and its ability to respond.

Creating a purposeful and reactive mechanism that scales-up during intractable crisis is vital to a healthy and efficient response. The purpose of the creating a VOAD is to strengthen area-wide disaster coordination and preparedness by sharing programs, policies, information, and engaging in joint planning, education, and training.

To accomplish this goal, a variety of organizations, both private and public, are invited to play a role in how and when a community responds to disaster.

A strong, responsive VOAD requires the participation and support of a variety of organizations across the community.

While we are most active in response and recovery, we participate in all four phases of disaster management.

  • Preparedness – planning, training, and educational activities performed to increase our capability to respond to a disaster;
  • Mitigation – actions taken to prevent or reduce the cause, impact, and consequences of disasters;
  • Response – activities that address the short-term, direct effects of an incident and include immediate actions to save lives, protect property, and meet basic human needs;
  • Recovery – long-term activities that work towards restoring the community to pre-disaster norms or better.

The Nashville VOAD is a member of the Tennessee Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster.

Nashville VOAD is 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 smooth information flow in a disaster;
  • Local VOADs can support the development of long-term recovery by supporting Long-Term Recovery Groups and their activities;
  • VOADs are an educational resource to residents of a community.


American Red Cross
Catholic Charities, Diocese of Nashville
Community Resource Center
Corner to Corner
Cross Point Church
Family & Children's Service
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Nashville
Hands On Nashville, Inc
LDR Southeastern Synod
Legal Aid Society of Middle TN and the Cumberlands
Mental Health Association of Middle Tennessee
Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency
Mother To Mother
Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce
Nashville Humane Association
Nashville Office of Emergency Management
Nashville Severe Weather
Neighbor 2 Neighbor
One Generation Away
Operation Andrew Group
Operation Stand Down Tennessee
Project C.U.R.E. Nashville
Rebuilding Together Nashville
Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee
Shower The People
Soles 4 Souls, Inc.
Team Rubicon USA
Tennessee Conference of the United Methodist Church/UMCOR partner
The Belonging Co
The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee
The Equity Alliance
The Housing Fund, Inc.
The Salvation Army Nashville
United Way of Greater Nashville
Urban League of Middle Tennessee
Urban Solutions, Inc.
West Nashville Dream Center
Westminster Home Connection
YAIPak Outreach