WELCOME TO THE TENNESSEE VOAD WEB SITE !
The purpose and intention of this site is to post information about Tennessee Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters, and how they help volunteers from Tennessee serve in disaster relief and recovery. We will be posting important news and information about our member organizations and the resources they have to help victims in times of disaster. Our hope is that this site will serve as a helpful resource for all VOAD organization members. We appreciate your viewing our site and invite your input to assist in making it more helpful. THANKS!
SCHEDULED MEETING DATES for 2012:
15 FEBRUARY; 16 MAY; 15 AUGUST; 14 NOVEMBER
~ 1pm CST to 3pm CST held at TEMA EOC ~
3041 Sidco Drive, Nashville, TN 37204
Click here: Disaster News Network
click here: UT Emergency Preparedness & Agro Security
click here: Tennessee Government News Site
click here: Central U.S. Earthquake Consortium - CUSEC
RECENT NEWS (CLICK ON THE LINKS):
New Madrid Earthquake felt in 9 to 13 States:
- SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans Available in Tennessee Following Secretary of Agriculture Disaster
- Nationwide Emergency Alert System Test tomorrow - Wed, 8 Nov 2011 at 2pmEST
- Click Here: TN VOAD Meeting Minutes: August 10, 2011
- Rina downgrade to tropical storm ; click here for latest info - Stormpulse.
- URGENT MESSAGE FROM GARY WARD - click here - PLEASE READ
- Oct. 28 is the filing deadline for federal economic injury disaster loans in the counties of Fayette, Hardeman and Shelby in Tennessee.
- Thieves Targeting Local Charities ~ Union City, TN
- U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R.-Tenn., said a government shutdown is unlikely, despite the current battle over how to maintain disaster relief funding through this week.
- SBA Disaster Loans available in West Tennessee following Secretary of Algriculture Disaster Declaration
- E TN VOAD one of the sponsors of "East Tennessee Emergency Preparedness Fair" on Saturday, September 24 at Bearden High School in Knoxville from 10am to 4pm. Admission to the fair is FREE. Visit < http://prepfair.org >
Disaster recovery continues in 64 Tennessee counties.
As of 12:00 p.m. CDST, Friday, June 10, the State Emergency Operations Center’s Activation Level will move to Level IV to monitor the recovery phases of the four Presidential Declared Disasters currently covering 64 Counties in Tennessee.
- Residents who live in any of the designated disaster counties may register for FEMA assistance and get help at any of the open recovery center locations. The counties included in this disaster (DR-1974) the Major Disaster Declared May 1, 2011 are Benton County, Bledsoe County, Blount County, Bradley County, Campbell County, Carroll County, Chester County, Cocke County, Crockett County, Fayette County, Fentress County, Franklin County, Gibson County, Giles County, Greene County, Hamilton County, Hardeman County, Hardin County, Henderson County, Henry County, Hickman County, Houston County, Humphreys County, Jackson County, Jefferson County, Johnson County, Knox County, Lake County, Lawrence County, Lewis County, Lincoln County, Loudon County, Madison County, Marion County, Marshall County, McMinn County, McNairy County, Monroe County, Montgomery County, Moore County, Perry County, Pickett County, Polk County, Rhea County, Scott County, Sequatchie County, Shelby County, Smith County, Sullivan County, Washington County, Wayne County, and Weakley County.
- Counties in Major Disaster Declared May 9, 2011 (DR-1978) are Chester County, Davidson County, Decatur County, Dickson County, Henderson County, Humphreys County, Lake County, Shelby County, and Sumner County.
- Counties in Major Disaster Declared May 9, 2011 (DR-1979) are Dyer County, Gibson County, Lake County, Lauderdale County, Lincoln County, Obion County, Shelby County, Stewart County, and Tipton County.
- Counties in Major Disaster Declared March 31, 2011 (DR-1965) are Fentress County, Franklin County, Grainger County, Hamilton County, Houston County, Humphreys County, Jackson County, Jefferson County, Moore County, Morgan County, Pickett County, Scott County, and Union County.
To register or get help from FEMA:
Call the Helpline, 800-621-FEMA (3362) from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. CDT. The TTY number is 800-462-7585. Online, go to www.DisasterAssistance.gov or fema.gov. Before registering, it is extremely important to know the exact dates when damage occurred. You will need to provide an accurate date when you register. It is not necessary to go to a recovery center to register.
2 - STL Tornado News
click here: Bradley County Recovery Information
I was contacted by David Sledge, ESF 14 for TEMA requesting urgent volunteer assistance for this weekend to help Greene County EMA in warehouse operations, volunteer tracking and chainsaw crews. There are over 100 homes damaged and the temporary warehouse has received several trucks of supplies that need to be unpacked, sorted and distributed to families. He has a few people helping out in the warehouse. He said he needs @40 volunteers to complete the workload this weekend.
He also needs chainsaw crews. He siad the EMA said that are still 200 sites in need of chainsaw work.
Because of the distance from Nashville (5.5 hrs) I recommend East Tennessee VOAD members take the lead on this request. David can be reached at 615-339-7466.
ESC from USAF CAP is working in getting him some volunteers from the CAP in the area. Status of the effort is unknow at this time.
Please let me or David if your organziations can or can not assist in this efforts.
Gary T. Ward, EMC VOAD
TORNADO VICTIMS IN 10 TENNESSEE COUNTIES MAY APPLY FOR DISASTER FOOD STAMPS
For more information, including a list of key questions and answers about the assistance program, please visit the DHS website at www.tn.gov/humanserv. The following locations, designated as state Disaster Recovery Centers in each of the affected counties, will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Eastern Time):
323 Rockfort Road
Pikeville, TN 37367
10 Church St. (former First Tennessee Bank location)
Cleveland, TN 37311
330 Heritage Blvd., Suite A
Newport, TN 37821
Camp Creek Elementary School
2941 Camp Creek Road
Greeneville, TN 37743
Hulsey Wellness Center
4870 University Drive
Collegedale, TN 37363
370 Cold Springs Road
Mountain City, TN, 37683
1008 Knight Road, Suite B
Athens, TN 37303
123 Pedigo Road
Madisonville, TN 37354
224 4th Avenue, Suite 102
Dayton, TN 37321
121 E. Jackson Blvd. Suite 11-B
Jonesborough, TN 37629
Dear VOAD Members
I an efforts to capture the man hours worked by our volunteers TEMA, and VOAD are taking proactive steps to ensure the man hours are reported to and consolidated and report to FEMA. As the new ESC for VOAD this repsonsibility falls to me.
It is important to us as VOAD members and citizens of the State of Tennessee. As many of you know when there is a disaster the financial repsonsibility is split between the Federal Government and State and County Governments. This split is 75% to 25%. We can reduce the local government burden by reporting volunteer manhours. Each manhour worked and reported is valued at approximately $20. We have unfortunately left hundreds of thousands of dollars on the table over the years. We now have premission from FEMA to go back to the start of the current disasters, April 26, 2011) and capture the volunteer manhours.
The attached form is the first attempt to provide you with a format to report the manhours worked, and activities completed. Please complete the form and sent it back to me by e-mail or by fax. The email is firstname.lastname@example.org and the fax number is 615-771-7976.
I will rollup the numbers and provide TEMA a consolidated report on a weekly basis. Because most of the volunteer efforts are on the weekends the reporting period is Monday to Sunday.
The format of the report may change as I get feedback. I am working on an excel spreadsheet that youcan just file in the # of volunteer and the hours and the totals will be calculated for you.
Gary T. Ward, ESC for VOAD
Cell Phone: 615-218-6114
NASHVILLE (WATE) - Several recovery centers have opened in the East Tennessee area to assist storm victims.
Representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency and the U.S. Small Business Administration and other agencies will be on hand to explain disaster assistance programs and help storm victims apply.
The centers will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. seven days a week until further notice.
The locations are:
Claxton Volunteer Fire Department in Athens
1710 County Road 750
Newport Community Center
433 Prospect Avenue
Camp Creek Elementary in Greeneville
2941 Camp Creek Road
Brayton Baptist Church
2827 Graysville Road in Graysville 37338
Johnson Chamber Park
5379 Highway 67 W
Mountain City, Tenn. 37683
125 East Jackson Blvd. Suite 11B
Jonesborough, Tenn. 37659
Evensville Fire Hall
801 Eagle Lane
Evensville, Tenn. 37332
10 Church St. NE #1
Cleveland, Tenn. 37311
Hulsey Wellness Centers (Southern Adventist University)
4870 University Drive
Collegedale, Tenn. 37363
TEMA activated at Level II State of Emergency
The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency is at Level II State of Emergency activation, as of 2 p.m., CDT, on Friday, May 5, 2011, due to statewide emergencies and the cresting of the Mississippi River.
5 MAY: Bob East
We have some unfortunate news to pass along. The VOAD Field Representative for Upper NE TN VOAD, Bob East, has been admitted to the hospital after suffering what is thought to be a stroke or mini-stroke. Please keep Bob in your thoughts and prayers.
Bob has been working in Greene County as the VOAD Field Representative. Since last week, we have been doing our best to ensure a VOAD field representative is available on site. The field representative, along with the Emergency Manager, identifies needs and relays the information to another VOAD representative. The second VOAD representative then contacts agencies that might be able to meet those needs.
We are now needing volunteers from VOAD to serve as field representatives. I am putting together a schedule for the upcoming week. If you or any of your staff/volunteers can donate any amount of time, please reply to this email.
4 MAY: FREE LEGAL HOTLINE
3 May TEMA Update: http://www.tnema.org/news/tema/?p=923
27 APR E TN Storms:
Please note that due to the illness of our Secretary, Larry Triplett, the minutes from the last meeting will be delayed. Larry is suffering with an acute case of Shingles and is unable to post them quite yet. When finished, we will post them here for you.
CHANGE OF TNVOAD MEETING DATE
Our next TNVOAD meeting will be on Wednesday May 11, 2011, 10 AM, Nashville Red Cross Chapter auditorium at 2201 Charlotte, Ave. Nashville.TN
4 April Storm:
Bill Carr on Earthquake Possibility
Federal Disaster Assistance Approved for 13 Tennessee Counties