Welcome to Denton County 

Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster

DCVOAD is a humanitarian association of independent voluntary organizations who may be active in all phases of disaster. It's mission is to foster efficient, streamlined service delivery to people affected by disaster, while eliminating unnecessary duplication of effort, through cooperation in the four phases of disaster: preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation.

Upcoming Meetings & Events

Next Scheduled DCVOAD Meeting:

August 18, 2011* (Revised Date)

Denton County VOAD meets the third Thursday of every other month at 4:00 pm. All meetings will take place at:

Denton County Emergency Operations Center
9060 Teasley Lane
Denton, TX 76210

Click here for directions!

Future Meetings:

October
December
February
Announcements & News


FEMA Hurricane Resources

Hurricane Season Begins - Get Serious, Be Prepared

As the 2011 Hurricane season begins, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) officials encourage individuals and families to get prepared and be ready now.    

FEMA advices local residents to do this now:Create an emergency plan: Know what to do if you have to evacuate. Make sure you know how to contact members of your family and have an emergency contact number for someone out of state who knows where you are in the event of an emergency. Make sure your pet is included in your emergency plan. You may want to offer assistance to an elderly or disabled family member or neighbor that may be alone and may need your help during an emergency. Make your plans ahead of time and practice them.

Be informed: Know evacuation routes, and listen to local authorities when asked to evacuate. Everyone should know their risks. Whether you live in a coastal community or inland, speak with your insurance agent now about flood insurance and review your homeowner's policy. Everyone is at risk for flooding and homeowners insurance does not cover flood damage. Flood insurance is a cost-effective way to prepare financially for floods. To learn more about your risk and flood insurance, visit ww.floodsmart.gov.

 

To stay informed during a storm, keep a battery-powered radio for weather and evacuation information should you experience a power outage, and have extra batteries on hand. Visit www.knowhat2do.com, for more information about disaster preparedness.

Prepare a disaster kit for your home: Stock up on non-perishable food and water to sustain you and your family for up to 72 hours or longer. Ensure you have important papers (e.g. insurance, identification), first aid kit, a supply of prescription medicines and other specialty items in your preparedness kit. In addition, plan to have an emergency kit for your car in case you need to evacuate. While creating a disaster kit, pet owners should remember to pack the necessary items for their pets. You can find more information on preparing your disaster kit at: www.knowhat2do.com

"Everyone is part of the emergency management process", said FEMA's Caribbean Area Division Director Alejandro De La Campa.  "Even having the federal, state and local governments working perfectly in sync, is not enough. We must continue developing a culture of readiness in which everyone, including families and individuals, take responsibility regarding emergency preparedness."