TX Volunteer Organizations Active in Disasters recently approved the membership of PCA Disaster Response. TX VOAD facilitates collaboration between agencies and provides a means for these organizations to work together in disaster response. TX VOAD is not itself a service delivery organization. Instead, it upholds the privilege of its members to independently provide relief and recovery services, while expecting them to do so cooperatively. TX VOAD is committed to the idea that the best time to train, prepare, and become acquainted with each other is prior to an actual disaster response. We had to go through a lengthy application process which included demonstrating our capacity to work well alongside other organizations in past responses. Now as a partner, we will participate on committees, conferences, have access to training events and materials, and inclusion in pertinent planning discussions on a state level with government agencies such as FEMA and TX Division of Emergency Management when appropriate. We are still looking for someone to represent the PCA on the OK VOAD!
Presbyterian Church in America/Mission to North America Disaster Response
Rick Lenz, MNA Disaster Response Specialist,
South Central Region, serving Oklahoma
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