2020 Annual Conference “Help for the Helpers… We’re in this together”

Date: Saturday, March 21, 2020

Time: 8:30 - 4:30

Location: Best Buy Headquarters - 7601 Penn Avenue South - Richfield MN 55423 

We’re excited to announce the many offerings at this year’s Conference, along with a new location!

Come join us at the MNVOAD training and networking event where MNVOAD Member Agencies, Emergency Managers, MN HSEM, local government and the truly important individual volunteers come together to share experiences and have questions answered.

Some of the planned highlights include:

  • A ‘MARC’ (Multi-Agency Resource Center) orientation with member organizations and public partners.  
  • Additional breakout sessions: ‘Helping Organizations; Helping Volunteers; Helping Emergency Managers; and MNVOAD Liaison Training.’
  • Capacity Building Groups
  • Networking opportunities
  • MNVOAD Annual Meeting/Garrett Alessandri Award/Board Elections

The registration cost for the MNVOAD Annual Conference is $35.00, which includes snacks, beverages and lunch.  Registration open now (go to Events tab)!

Also please send in your nomination(s) for the Garrett Alessandroni North Star Award (click here for form) no later than Wednesday, March 4th!

Minneapolis Drake Fire Response

MNVOAD would like to thank each of our partner organizations for assisting the Red Cross in working at our MARC (Multi-Agency Resource Center).  We had 10 different organizations with 61 volunteers on Friday, January 3rh and 37 on Saturday, January 4th.  Organizations that assisted were: Salvation Army; Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints; Headwaters Relief Organization; United Way 2-1-1; Tsu Chi; HOPE Animal Assisted Crisis Response; Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT); NECHAMA; Paws for Learning; and ARRL/ARES. The University of Minnesota Medical Reserve Corp also assisted heavily.


Updated MNVOAD/HSEM MOU Signed

This Memo of Understanding (MOU) defines MNVOAD's working relationship with MN Dept of Public Safety,  Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM) in preparing for, responding to, and recovering from disasters in the state of MN.  It is a symbol of our valuable partnership and is critical to enabling our collaborative efforts statewide.  Only minor changes made to the previous version, with added language around handling of sensitive information, and was signed on December 12, 2019 by HSEM Director, Joe Kelly, and MNVOAD President, Ryc Lyden.  The full document can be viewed here: HSEM MOU - signed 2019.pdf

Support in Duluth after October Windstorm

After winds up to 74 mph hit Duluth on October 21st, dozens of homeowners were confronted with tons of downed trees and debris on their properties.  As usual, those residents with resources handled their own clean-up but local emergency management requested MNVOAD aid to help 5 homeowners who were still struggling.  Several MNVOAD member agencies leaned it to this request and volunteers, 7 from UMCOR - Minnesota Annual Conference of United Methodist Church, then 10 from Latter-day Saint Charities, deployed to cut, haul and dispose of tree debris from these remaining properties in Duluth (Investing 67 total volunteer hours) 

UMCOR - Nov 4, 2019


LDS - Nov 9, 2019


IOCC Trains Emergency Response Team Leaders in MN

July 2019 - MNVOAD member International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) recently trained 35 new Emergency Response Team Leaders, who came to Minneapolis from all over the US, so they could lead volunteer teams in Disaster Response. Part of their training was on proper chainsaw usage which they were able to put to use at a home outside of Northfield, MN that had over 300 trees downed after a recent wind event.