US Islands & Alaska Committee

Committee Chair:
Emily Kukulies, Hawaii VOAD

Vice Chair:
Jenny Hegland, CNMI VOAD

Board Liaison: 
Jenn Dorsch-Messler, Brethren Disaster Ministries

National VOAD members interested in participating in this committee should email the committee leadership and tell them how you can contribute to or learn from this committee’s important work. National VOAD members may easily retrieve committee leadership contact information by contacting [email protected]

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Committee Description

In recognition and respect for the significantly unique role of each US I&A area, the US I&A Committee shall be an equitable forum and catalyst for change, to provide appropriately and to deal seamlessly with disaster response-related responsibilities by:

  • Linking all relevant organizations at the community and national levels to foster more efficient and effective service to people affected by disaster in the US I&A communities through established plans that foster cooperation, coordination, communication and collaboration.
  • Being an inclusive community based group organized, integrated and sustained to identify and resolve emergency and long-term disaster related unmet needs that cannot be satisfied by conventional resources.
  • Helping all relevant entities provide community capacity and support towards ongoing preparedness, and to assure systematic needs analysis and resource matching.