Committees

Standing Oklahoma VOAD Committees

 

Oklahoma VOAD utilizes strong member driven committees to enable the successful delivery of services throughout the disaster cycle as well as to build a platform for cooperation and communication.

  • Advocacy
  • Communications
  • Community Preparedness 
  • Disaster Case Management
  • Disaster Health
  • Donations Management
  • Emotional & Spiritual Care
  • Housing
  • Long Term Recovery Groups
  • Mass Care 
  • Volunteer Management 

 

Advocacy

The purpose of the Advocacy Committee is to identify emerging issues and empower policy and advocacy efforts across the VOAD movement by working closely with National VOAD staff, Oklahoma VOAD membership and other committees. The Committee will support VOAD goals to increase public awareness of the Oklahoma VOAD organization and movement, and to promote its values, vision and mission.

Additional functions include monitoring proposed legislation at the federal, state and/or local level which may impact activities or goals of the VOAD collaborative and movement.

Chairperson:

Christa Figgins - Legal Aid Oklahoma

 

Communications

The Communications Committee supports information sharing among all stakeholders by developing policies and procedures, tools and strategies to enhance internal and external communication and thereby support the mission of Oklahoma VOAD.

Chairperson:

Chad Detwiler – Oklahoma United Methodist Disaster Response

 

Community Preparedness

The purpose of the Community Preparedness Committee will be to apply and promote the 4C’s to nationwide community preparedness, including promoting ‘preparedness’ as a national civic virtue and duty, identifying and sharing best practices, and collaborating with all sectors to identify and promote innovative ways to enhance community preparedness.

Chairperson:

Mark Chan – Catholic Charities, Archdiocese of Oklahoma City

 

Disaster Case Management

The Purpose of the Disaster Case Management Committee is to:

  • Provide a forum for the sharing of information regarding emerging issues and ongoing trends in disaster recovery case management;

  • Work collaboratively to identify and overcome systemic barriers that prevent individuals and families from accessing disaster recovery case management services and resources; and to

  • Advocate for best practices and processes in disaster recovery case management in support of Oklahoma VOAD’s over-all mission and values.

Chairpersons:

Ashley Jackson - Catholic Charities, Archdiocese of Oklahoma City

Gwen Johnson - Catholic Charities, Archdiocese of Oklahoma City

 

Disaster Health

The purpose of the Disaster Health Committee is to identify emerging disaster health issues and opportunities to facilitate the efforts across the VOAD movement by working closely Oklahoma VOAD membership and other committees.

Chairperson:

John Call - Oklahoma Medical Reserve Corps

 

Donations Managment

The Donations Management Committee is primarily focused on issues related to unsolicited donations. The committee works closely with VOAD members and government donation coordinators in times of disaster to serve as advisors and to support.

The best way to support survivors of disasters is always by donating financial contributions to reputable voluntary organizations. Cash is the most effective means of showing support and will allow the nonprofit VOAD organizations the ability to purchase what disaster survivors need. Buying from local businesses helps the economy recover.

Donations of used clothing, miscellaneous household items and mixed or perishable foodstuffs must be sorted, packaged, transported, warehoused and distributed. These tasks require disaster relief agencies to divert resources away from providing services, while the donated items may not meet disaster survivor needs.

If you have a non cash donation you would feel is needed and want  to make Oklahoma VOAD aware of please go to the Donations Management Link above and complete the web form provided.

Chairperson:

Steven Moran - Feeding America, Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma

 

Emotional & Spiritual Care

The Emotional and Spiritual Care Committee's mission is to foster emotional and spiritual care to people affected by disaster in cooperation with state and local response organizations and Regional VOADs.

The Oklahoma VOAD ESCC accomplishes its mission in several ways:

  • Embracing the unique contribution of various mental health disciplines and faith based groups.
  • Identify specific issues of emotional and spiritual needs as a significant component of disaster response.
  • Educate state and regional VOADs and non-affiliated partners about the emotional and spiritual needs in disasters.
  • Promote best practices, standards and models to provide effective emotional and spiritual care.

Click here to access National VOAD's Emotional and Spiritual Care points of consensus.

Chairperson:

Mary Hughes Gaudreau - Oklahoma Conference of Churches

 

Housing

The Housing Committe focuses on assisting local, state, tribal, and national disaster response groups in educating, facilitating, and coordinating for disaster related housing activities. This includes the clean up process, repairing and rebuilding after a disaster as well as temporary and permanent housing.

Chairperson:

Bill Mast – Oklahoma Mennonite Disaster Service  

 

Long Term Recovery Groups

The Long Term Recovery Groups Committee is charged with reviewing issues related to Long Term Recovery Group formation and support. The Committee will also assist local, state, and national disaster response groups in their efforts to address long term recovery needs and programs in their communities.

Chairperson:

Amanda Riddle – Oklahoma Insurance Department

 

Mass Care

The Mass Care Committee is a group comprised of Oklahoma VOAD members invloved in the provision of Shelter, Feeding, Bulk Distribution of Relief supplies and related services during disasters. Its purpose is to pursue avenues for joint action and planning among these and other willing partners to communicate, coordinate, cooperate and collaborate. It is the intention of the committee to speed the provision of critical services to those affected by disaster, reduce the duplication of efforts so that the greatest use can be made of limited resources during crisis, and establish a united voice for advocacy in working with our public institutions, including emergency management at the local, state and federal levels, to prepare our communities for the disasters they will face in the future.

Chairpersons:

James Tittle - American Red Cross

Chele Ryder - American Red Cross

 

Volunteer Management

The Volunteer Management Committee is focused on having more affiliated volunteers and better managed unaffiliated volunteers in disaster.

Chairperson:

Debi Wagner - City of Moore Emergency Management, Oklahoma Emergency Management Association