VOAD functions at the national, state, and local level. As a leader in your church you are likely aware of how your individual church or denomination helps communities in times of disaster. If you don't know already, you should also learn how VOAD operates in your area. VOAD organizations provide services including initial rescues, sheltering, feeding, clothing, medical treatment, building stabilization, spiritual and emotional care, long-term recovery, etc. The list goes on and on. With the knowledge of the specialized services each organization provides, you will find it easier to reach out to your local or state VOAD to request help for you and your congregation and to offer services more effectively.
Now is a good time to research your local and state VOAD. After a major natural disaster, like a hurricane, VOAD will be active for years in the long-term recovery process. If you are not currently affected by a disaster, you should be preparing yourself with the tools you will need to help your congregation through the next disaster. Familiarizing yourself with your state and local VOAD is a great place to start.