INW Community Resiliency
INW Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster
The purpose of Inland Northwest Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster (INWVOAD) is to bring together Voluntary, Government and Professional Organizations Active in Disaster in Eastern Washington and North Idaho. Together, these organizations foster more effective service to people affected by disaster through cooperation, coordination, communication and collaboration.
Who We Are
Inland Northwest Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster (INWVOAD) is a member of the Washington Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (WAVOAD) and the Idaho Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (IDAVOAD) along with the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD)
INWVOAD is part of a network of similar national, state, and local groups that originated after Hurricane Camille in 1969 because disaster service providers were concerned about duplication of efforts. In 1970, representatives from these organizations started meeting regularly as National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD).
INWVOAD grew out of the rationale that the best time to train and prepare for disaster response and become acquainted with your disaster response partners is before a disaster happens.
Following a disaster, INWVOAD convenes its members and other agencies to discuss how they will work together cooperatively in the crisis. INWVOAD does not itself deliver services. Instead, its members independently meet relief and recovery needs within the cooperative framework the organization makes possible.
INWVOAD coordinates planning by the many voluntary agencies responding to a disaster so they provide more effective service with less duplication when a disaster strikes.
Click here to see a list of our members with links to their organizations.
This site is developed for the citizens of the INW by Christopher S Barnes of Spokane Emergency Management, with valuable assistance from local emergency responders.