Pennsylvania Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster NEWS

PAVOAD Meeting Scheduled

A meeting of PAVOAD is scheduled for August 17, 2017 at 10:00am. PEMA will once again host the meeting at the new PEMA Headquarters building, 1310 Elmerton Ave, Harrisburg, PA 17110.

Annual PEMA Conference Update

What used to be the annual PEMA conference is being called the "Governor's Summit" and will be held September 30 - October 1, 2017. The summit will take place at Hershey Lodge. Stay tuned for more details and if you are a York County VOAD member, keep an eye on your inbox.

Last PAVOAD Meeting Notes

The last meeting of the Pennsylvania State VOAD was November 17, 2016 at the new PEMA headquarters in Harrisburg. There were 30 or so people attending including PEMA folks. Highlights included Director Flinn addressing the group and a tour of the new Commonwealth Response Coordination Center (CRCC).

Items discussed included;
Environmental impacts of various methods of transporting crude oil (i.e. Bakken oil train disaster),
Engaging senior elected officials, what are we (PEMA) doing to help survivors, what can we (VOAD) do to help survivors, the importance of listening to survivors (they want/need to tell there story), Multi Agency Recovery centers, Open/concealed carry laws during declared disaster emergencies, a comprehensive VOAD asset list, fund raising, PEMA and EMA branding, not a planning guide but a play book concept, over communicating with elected officials, private sector engagement.

During the VOAD business meeting the group discussed PAVOAD finances, bylaws changes and meeting schedules. Are the regions too big? What about a possible north/south division for a total of 6 smaller regions? Membership categories, any changes needed? PEMA / PAVOAD conference dates were discussed, but later communications changed the conference until fall. We did dicuss ideas for the PAVOAD track at the PEMA conference.

Our PEMA VAL talked about gathering VOAD materials, IA rule making, pre-disaster activities, servepa and Title 35 changes affecting volunteers.

All in all a great day was had by everyone.