MNVOAD Annual Conference Postponed!
On Tuesday morning Best Buy, Inc. informed us that there was a corporate decision to not allow their conference center to be used for any gatherings during the month of March for any organization, including our anticipated MNVOAD Annual Conference. This is in the wake of the COVID-19 threat and to follow the current CDC guidelines.
While this comes at a very inopportune time for our organization, we understand and support their decision. And with our remaining time allowed between today and March 21, 2020 there is not enough time for us to locate another venue. More importantly, we feel it is the right move to postpone the Annual Conference until a later date.
The MNVOAD Board has therefore decided that we will postpone our conference until later this year. Our hope is that you will be able to join us for the rescheduled MNVOAD Conference when it is announced. All conference registration fees that have been paid to date have been reimbursed.
In the meantime, MNVOAD will be hosting our Annual Meeting via teleconference on March 26th, 2020 at 6:30 pm.
We encourage all members to participate as they are able so that we can maintain connectivity in anticipation of spring disaster response needs and attend to essential business such as:
The call in number for the conference is: 888-742-5095 PIN:766-492-6558#
Thank you for your interest in this important event and for your understanding.
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.