Until last week, the efforts of this group had operated outside the formal emergency response to the floods, which is coordinated through the Tennessee State VOAD (Voluntary Groups Active in Disaster). Through our initiation and support, "North Nashville Flood Relief" attended their first meeting with all of the formal response partners responding to the floods. It was the first VOAD meeting for "North Nashville Flood Relief" and many others in attendance who talked about the resources they can bring to the table and the unmet needs they hope to address through partnerships with other groups.
By attending the VOAD meeting, the "North Nashville Flood Relief" became part of a growing formal emergency response and recovery network—which made for an exciting day and makes for a promising future!
David Myers is the Director of the Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships at the Department of Homeland Security