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 BRANCH OF NASHVILLE, INC.|
|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|