Mission of the Riverside County Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD)
We foster efficient, streamlined service delivery to people affected by disaster while eliminating unnecessary duplication of effort through cooperation in the four phases of emergency management: preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation.
We promote communication and collaboration among organizations throughout Riverside County in planning for and responding to disasters to:
- Improve disaster preparedness throughout the county
- Increase the effectiveness of our collective response
- Minimize the duplication of resources
- Provide services to those affected by disaster
Benefits of Membership
- Increase your organization’s disaster preparedness
- Tap into volunteers/resources from other member organizations
- Learn about opportunities offered through participating organizations
- Share services/resources with other disaster response organizations
- Promote your organization through VOAD
- Network with others dedicated to serve
- Help support our communities during times of disaster
Riverside County VOAD meets from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on the first Thursday of February, April, June, August, October, and December via virtual video conferencing.
Please fill out the Contact Us form and address the message to the Riverside County VOAD Secretary to be added to the email distribution list.
Below are the links for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Independent Study (IS) and Standardized Emergency Management System (SEMS) training to meet member requirements for Riverside County VOAD membership:
IS-100: Introduction to the Incident Command System
Introduction to the Incident Command System introduces the Incident Command System (ICS) and provides the foundation for higher-level ICS training. This course describes the history, features and principles, and organizational structure of the Incident Command System. It also explains the ICS and the National Incident Management System (NIMS) relationship.
IS-700: An Introduction to the National Incident Management System
The National Incident Management System defines the comprehensive approach guiding the whole community - all levels of government, nongovernmental organizations (NGO), and the private sector - to work together seamlessly to prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to, and recover from the effects of incidents. The course gives learners a basic understanding of NIMS concepts, principles, and components.
IS-288: The Role of Voluntary Organizations in Emergency Management
This independent study course provides a basic understanding of disaster relief voluntary agencies' history, roles, and services in providing disaster assistance. It is appropriate for both the general public and those involved in emergency management operations.
Standardized Emergency Management System (SEMS):
This course provides a comprehensive discussion of the components of SEMS and how SEMS is used in California. Content includes mutual aid, multiagency coordination, the operational area concept, and how the five levels of government communicate, interact, and share resources.
Click on the “Browse Catalog” tab
Scroll down to “Intro to SEMS G606 (online version)”
- Bob Turner, Chair
- Sandra Severns, Vice Chair
- Vacant, Secretary
- Marti Shelley, Treasurer
- Robert Yturralde, Member-at-Large
- Michelle Kelly, Ex Officio representative