Southern Tier/Finger Lakes VOAD

Steuben County established its Human Needs Task Force in 1996. Its mission is to identify the unmet needs of disaster victims and provide quick & efficient coordination of resources and services to assist families or individuals impacted by a disaster. The task force is convened by the Office of Emergency Services and its members include representative agencies with an interest in providing cooperative disaster assistance. It oversees a database of information about Steuben County residents with special needs, in order to preplan resources & provide information to emergency responders.

Following much research and discussion with statewide associates and using Steuben County partnerships as a foundation, IHS and Steuben County OES now wish to establish the Southern Tier/Finger Lakes VOAD.


VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster) is a network of independent associations at the national, state, or local level which provides a forum where organizations share knowledge and resources through all phases of the disaster cycle in order to help survivors and their communities.

VOAD members include disaster-response organizations, information & referral providers, human-services agencies, faith-based organizations, animal-rescue agencies, civic groups, and others. Each member organization maintains its own identity and autonomy and works with other VOAD members to improve capabilities or efficiently deploy resources.

  • Identify nonprofit, faith-based, and other community organization members and gain collective understanding of their role or contributions during a disaster
  • Share information, protocols, and practices about disaster-related service delivery
  • Identify potential gaps and duplication
  • Facilitate opportunities for coordinated interagency planning, and development of partnerships and agreements to assist in disaster more effectively
  • Establish procedures and processes for notification and collaboration between emergency and member organizations and between member organizations hermes birkin


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