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.

Coming together for Agency Show & Tell

On June 20th, 2019, Minnesota VOAD member agencies and friends enjoyed camaraderie while learning about response capacities (i.e. cool gear and tasty food) at our 3rd annual tailgate event.  While there, several members even coordinated on the spot to plan 2 local disaster clean-up volunteer deployments!  General meeting minutes are posted here (06.20.19_ MNVOADGeneralMeetingMinutes.pdf).  Huge thanks to all who braved the rain and helped make this another valuable membership meeting!  


Headwaters Honored at National VOAD Conference!

We are excited to announce that Minnesota VOAD member agency, Headwaters Relief Organization, won the award for Innovative Project of the Year at the 2019 National VOAD conference in Nashville, Tennessee.  This is in recognition of their collaborative efforts to create special story books last year to help children recover from disaster.  Congratulations, Headwaters!


May 14-15, 2019 | Duluth, Minnesota

Every year disasters of all kinds affect Northland businesses and families placing stress upon the community response framework. From fires to floods and everything in-between, a high probability of another disaster striking northeast Minnesota exists. The effectiveness of response by the response community is dependent on their ability to connect, learn and share in preparedness.

The Under One Roof conference is a unique event that will address challenges common among emergency preparedness and emergency management in the Northeast region and beyond. Participation will provide attendees with opportunities to connect with regional preparedness and response partners, learn innovative and effective techniques for future activities, and share lessons learned from recent responses. The conference offers information for all emergency preparedness professionals.

Details at:


May 18-19, 2019 |Hudson, Wisconsin

The Humanitarian Crisis Simulation is a 48-hour learning experience that utilizes dozens of volunteer role players to transform YMCA Camp St Croix into a patchwork of simulated refugee camps. The majority of role players will be refugees, but other roles include affected villagers, local government officials, hospital patients, militia members, UN staff, and logistical support. Volunteers can expect to learn a lot from this experience and have fun connecting with fellow volunteers and response professionals.

Volunteer details at:

Contact with questions.


Posted on March 11, 2019 by Ruth Talford

Join us on Saturday, March 23rd for our 16th annual MNVOAD Conference!  This year's event will take place at the Salvation Army Lakewood Worship & Service Center at 2080 Woodlynn Avenue, Maplewood, MN.

Please register by March 16th at 


If you are the official representative of a MNVOAD member organization and have not received a dues invoice yet, please let us know by email us at

You are also welcome to pay the 2019 MNVOAD membership dues with a credit card via Wild Apricot or use the template invoice form to send us you payment via check.  We ask all member agencies to please pay their dues before the annual conference on March 23rd.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation during our system transition.

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