Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster — Santa Barbara County

Our Mission

We promote communication and collaboration among organizations throughout Santa Barbara County in planning for and responding to disasters in order to:

  • Improve disaster preparedness throughout the County.
  • Increase the effectiveness of our collective response.
  • Minimize the duplication of resources.
  • Provide more efficient services to those affected by disasters.

Our Services

We encourage and provide the following:

  • Education. Training to increase disaster preparedness of organizations and community members.
  • Convening. Meetings, workshops, and local conferences to enhance preparedness.
  • Outreach. Guidance to organizations that already are or want to become active in disaster relief.
  • Mitigation. Support for efforts of federal, state, and local agencies and governments.

Quick Introduction to VOAD

Click here to download a brief animated PowerPoint overview of Santa Barbara County VOAD.

Benefits of Membership

By becoming a member, you will be able to:

  • Increase your organization’s disaster preparedness.
  • Utilize volunteers or resources from other organizations so you can respond more effectively to disasters.
  • Coordinate your disaster response and recovery efforts with other agencies.
  • Participate in seminars, workshops, and other learning opportunities.
  • Promote your organization throughout the County.
  • Network with other people dedicated to serving the diverse communities of Santa Barbara County.
  • Help support our community during disasters.
For information on becoming a member, please contact us at voadsantabarbaraco@gmail.com.