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Windham Regional Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (WRVOAD)


The Windham Regional Commission (WRC) is pleased to announce that it is forming a local VOAD to serve the Windham region. For the past two years, the Southeastern Vermont Irene Long Term Recovery Committee (SEVT LTRC) has been working steadily to help Windham County residents who were left with unmet needs after Tropical Storm Irene. Although most of those who fell victim to the floods received help from FEMA Individual Assistance, there remained almost 1500 cases in our region with unmet needs. Disaster relief donations of over $300,000 (with United Way of Windham County as fiscal agent) have been judiciously distributed by the LTRC, along with state funds and hundreds of hours of volunteer labor. With the resources expended, the LTRC will be “going dormant” on August 31, 2013.

Advisory Board members of the LTRC are recommending the formation of a network that can be proactive in times of “peace”, so that lessons learned from Irene are not lost. That network would follow a nationally recognized model called Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster, or VOAD. A State VOAD has existed in Vermont for over 20 years, but in the interest of our region’s well-being, we are forming a local, regional VOAD to work with VT VOAD that will involve all Windham Region towns with an eye to including a broad spectrum of business, governmental, non-profit, and other community leaders.

When disaster strikes, the WRVOAD would pull together local resources to assist in disaster response and recovery. In times of stability, the WRVOAD would meet to discuss all phases related to disaster: preparation, mitigation, response, and recovery.

The LEPC 6 (Local Emergency Planning Committee) is hosting an “Introduction to VOADs” meeting on Tuesday, September 17th at 6:00 pm at Newbrook Fire Station, Rt. 30 just north of Newfane Village. You are invited to attend and learn about this much needed network formation for our region.

For further information, please contact Dinah Reed at 802-257-4547, ext. 109 or dreed@windhamregional.org.
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