19. VOAD

It is a fact, both fortunate and unfortunate, that Ohio District 3 ARES members rarely get called out to deal with incidents within their jurisdictions.

For example, last week Clark County experienced not one, but two damaging tornadoes simultaneously in Bethel Township.  Amateurs here participated in the SkyWarn activities, but were not activated for other purposes.

Bethel Township Fire/Rescue, along with several mutual aid departments, and the Clark County Sheriff’s Office handled the two scenes, while the Northern Miami Valley Ohio Chapter of the American Red Cross briefly opened a shelter and started casework on several affected families.  But even this emergency was under control quickly, and ARES support was not requested.

So how does an Ohio District 3 ARES member gain practical disaster experience?  One way might be to affiliate with a member of Ohio Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster, or VOAD.    Just over fifty member organizations support incidents throughout Ohio, and one of them might be a good match for your religious preference, your skill set or your profession.

To learn more about Ohio VOAD, visit their website at https://ohvoad.communityos.org .