The Movement

National VOAD

NVOAD, an association of organizations that mitigate and alleviate the impact of disasters and fosters more effective delivery of services to communities affected by disaster.    


New York VOAD

New York VOAD is the official state chapter of the National VOAD Movement and adheres to the foundational principles of cooperation, communication, coordination and collaboration. The four C's, in addition to National VOAD's points of consensus, serve as the guiding values for NYVOAD as it collaborates with local, regional and national partners to coordinate disaster mitigation, relief, response and recovery efforts. 

NYVOAD consists of organizations active throughout the State of New York who mobilize across the disaster life cycle under the guidance and direction of their local COAD. 


Community Organizations Active in Disaster


Organized in 60% of New York's 62 counties, COADs serve as the county-level network through which organizations can most efficiently help during a disaster. By coordinating efforts, reducing duplication of services and working with NYVOAD to deploy State Members, COADs are a critical component of a whole community approach that leverage existing assets, ensures recovery efforts meet the community's actual needs and builds resilience through New York State. 


​You can read our bylaws here.





New York State VOAD Focus for 2020


1.      Create and operationalize a COAD in every county in the state.

2.      Developing & enhancing collaborative relationships with local COADs within New York State.

3.      Connecting our members and partners to training and collaboration opportunities.

4.      Developing a committee structure which builds upon existing capacities and networks of our members.


This has been a very busy few months and looks to be so for the future. We stand ready to support our members and the clients they serve in preparing for and responding to disasters. Please let us know your needs and thoughts; we will do our best to respond with the care and expertise you expect.

New York VOAD - COAD Map


Disasters typically start locally and end locally; the early stages of disaster response and disaster recovery are typically led by local groups. New York VOAD, the State VOAD for New York State, supports local COADs and VOADs in their mission to bring together human services organizations, nonprofits, disaster response agencies, and other community partners to prepare for, respond to, and recover from disaster. 


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