Texas Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD)



Who We Are:

Texas Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, membership-based organization that brings together voluntary organizations that respond to disaster as a part of their overall mission.  


What We Do:

Texas VOAD serves as a forum for member and partner organizations to share knowledge and resources throughout the disaster cycle — preparation, response, recovery and mitigation.


Core Principles:

To eliminate duplication and achieve effective resource coordination – money, materials, and manpower – Texas VOAD practices the 4C’s – Cooperation, Communication, Coordination and Collaboration – as guiding principles for how we operate and work as partners to serve the State of Texas.

Cooperation - Recognizing that no single organization has all the answers for all the challenges that arise during disasters, it is important to understand that common goals for a community can be best achieved by working or acting together with a common purpose.


Communication - Members and partners foster a climate of openness to promote the regular sharing of information about and between our member organizations – their capacities, accomplishments, limitations and commitments. Members develop and maintain effective channels for sharing information, listen carefully to each other, and deal openly with concerns.


Coordination - Member organizations commit to working together, in a non-competitive manner, toward the goal of effective service delivery throughout the disaster cycle. Through careful planning and preparation, Texas VOAD member organizations form tactical partnerships to work in a coordinated, predictive fashion to more effectively utilize resources to accomplish a set of tasks.


Collaboration - Member organizations establish shared goals and actively work together to achieve specific goals and undertake specific projects throughout the disaster cycle. We form strategic partnerships throughout the disaster cycle.



Common Questions:


Is Texas VOAD Operational?

No.  Texas VOAD does not engage in the direct provision of disaster relief services, but does support the efforts of its members who provide disaster services to individuals affected by disaster.


Can Texas VOAD task member organizations?

No.  Texas VOAD simply serves as a forum for member cooperation, communication, coordination and collaboration. 


How Do I Join Texas VOAD?

Membership inquiries should be sent to texasvoad.membership@gmail.com