SLV VOAD is dedicated to building relationships across all levels of emergency response systems and between community partners to successfully deliver disaster response and relief.


The SLV VOAD helps members and partners to create coordinated, cooperative, collaborative and communicative disaster response and relief. 

  • The VOAD facilitates a coordinated volunteer response in a disaster.

  • Regular members are nonprofit volunteer organizations.

  • VOAD work complements the efforts of official emergency response entities.

  • Volunteer capabilities are identified by member organizations.

  • In a disaster, volunteer needs that are identified by Emergency Managers or response agencies prompt referrals to the VOAD.

  • VOAD member organizations coordinate volunteer support activities. 

Being part of a VOAD includes being knowledgeable about response plans and being prepared for emergencies. 


  • Plan according to what would be most beneficial to your community. 

  • Don’t create a plan and never review or practice it. 

  • Don’t overwhelm yourself.

Donating After Disaster

  1. Cash is always best! Provide a financial contribution to a voluntary organization involved in disaster activities. 

  2. Find out what services the state government is providing via website or state donations hotline. 

  3. Do not begin collecting, packing or shipping items until or unless you have a known recipient to accept it. 

Volunteering After Disaster

  1. Get training before the next disaster. 

  2. Connect and affiliate with a voluntary organization. 

  3. Consider volunteering for the long-term community recovery. 

  4. Check with your local Volunteer Center for volunteer opportunities in your own community. (Spark the Change Colorado). 

  5. Plan to be as self-sufficient as possible (visit www.ready.gov for assistance   in developing your plan). 

Continuity Planning

Plan before disaster strikes! How will you:

  1. Continue essential functions

  2. Protect your infrastructure

  3. Mitigate or reduce your hazards

  4. Provide safety for family, pets, employees, etc.

  5. Achieve efficient recovery

Weather Hazards

  1. Determine what types of weather disasters could happen in your area.

  2. Think in terms of whether to evacuate, or shelter in place.

  3. Determine how long you could shelter in place, with how many people.

  4. Create a communication plan to alert family, volunteers, congregation, etc.

Active Shooter Planning

  1. Be Informed. 

  2. Create a culture of awareness without promoting fear. 

  3. Collaborate with law enforcement. 

  4. Sign up to receive emergency notifications @ www.slve911.org

  5. Make a Plan. 

  6. Educate your congregation. 

  7. Test your plan. 

  8. RUN and escape, if possible or HIDE if escape is not possible, and FIGHT as an absolute last resort. 

Exercising Your Plans

  1. On paper, plans may seem flawless.

  2. Drills help determine what will work and what needs work.

  3. Natural leaders will surface during drills.

  4. Sit down afterwards and discuss the outcomes.

  5. Don’t create a plan to sit on a shelf and collect dust.


Contact us to find out how your organization can participate

Contact Us

Find out how your organization fits with others to make sure our communities are served well during times of emergency.


926 6th Street

Del Norte, CO 81132


(719) 850-4489


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