Committee Descriptions

 

The Communications Committee supports the capacity building of voluntary agencies to communicate during disasters through amateur radio and other means and the development of disaster communication plans.

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The Donations Management Committee is focused on creating a comprehensive process that organizes the giving, receiving and distribution of both solicited and unsolicited (or undesignated) donated cash and goods (in-kind) so that the maximum benefit is derived for the disaster survivors or people in crisis.

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The Education & Outreach Committee has a three-fold purpose: to help facilitate better communication (both online and in printed materials) between the members and member organizations of HSVOAD; to help facilitate public awareness regarding disaster preparedness and post-disaster resources; and to assist with outreach efforts to potential new members of HSVOAD.

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The Long Term Recovery Committee is charged with reviewing issues related to the formation and support of Long Term Recovery Groups that help survivors rebound from their losses and sustain their physical, social, economic and spiritual well-being.  Issue topics include disaster case management, resource development and fundraising, and construction and volunteer management.

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The Mass Care Committee engages member agencies interested in the provision of shelter, feeding, bulk distribution of relief supplies and related services during disasters.  Through joint planning and the 4 Cs, the committee seeks 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.

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The Spiritual Care Committee has the mission of providing emotional and spiritual care to people affected by disaster.  The ways in which this is accomplished include: 1) Embracing the unique contribution of various mental health disciplines and faith-based groups.  2) Identifying specific issues of emotional and spiritual needs as a significant component of disaster response.  3) Educate VOAD members and non-affiliated partners about the emotional and spiritual needs in disasters.  4) Promoting best practices, standards and models to provide effective emotional and spiritual care.

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