VOAD Phelps County Disaster Committee Overview
History... • Formed as an ad-hoc response to Beaver Manor subdivision flooding, April 2002. • Organized & implemented cleanup effort. • Follow-up meetings showed need and interest in long-term existence of PCDC. • SEMA encouraged incorporation as VOAD. • VOAD affiliation (through SEMA), 2002. • Citizen Corps affiliation (through DHS & FEMA), 2003 (administered by SEMA).
Mission... • To improve emergency preparedness, disaster response, long-term recovery, and cooperation between volunteer, and government agencies, as well as individual citizens in Phelps county. • Clearing house for unattached volunteers. • Areas of effort include: * Cooperation * Coordination * Communication * Education * Leadership Development * Mitigation * Outreach * Regular Meetings
Goals… • Encourage volunteerism in Phelps County. • Improve competency of volunteers. • Encourage and improve working relationships between volunteer and professional organizations. • Educate general public in personal emergency preparedness and response. • Establish these as perpetual programs.
Membership… • Full - Members of volunteer, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organizations (e.g., Red Cross, Salvation Army, VFD, ham radio). • Affiliate - Members of other organizations with disaster planning and operations responsibilities (e.g., public-safety, emergency-management, health, other government, public, private organizations or businesses).
Membership (continued)... • American Red Cross, Phelps-Pulaski • Salvation Army • Amateur Radio Emergency Service • Health Department • Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) • ABLE Commission • Missouri Ozarks Community Action (MOCA) • Phelps County Emergency Management • Rolla Rural Fire Department • Rolla Police Department • Rolla Fire Department
PCDC Officers… • President: Buz Harvey • Vice President: Dan Babcock • Secretary: Joseph Counsil • Treasurer: Edna Bridges
Grant Opportunity, 2004/2005... • DHS/Office of Domestic Preparedness, administered by SEMA. • Citizen Corps program enhancement, with emphasis on collaborative efforts among organizations in the community. • Application must be sponsored by government entity (e.g., Phelps County Commission). Grant activity implemented by PCDC. • Funded November 2004: $31,755