Disaster Network Partnerships

Through Executive Order RP-30, OneStar is charged with:

  • providing technical assistance, education, information, and other support to Texas' extensive volunteer community
  • improving and strengthening the state's volunteerism and community service infrastructure
  • promoting innovative and model programs and initiatives, and sharing best practices
  • working closely with faith-based and private charities, community-based groups, voluntary associations, educational entities, and other organizations to promote volunteerism and community service based not on the institutions of government, but on the institutions of civil society.  

As a highly respected and valued neutral convener of, and partner to, nonprofits, state agencies, philanthropy and the business community, OneStar is uniquely positioned to promote and facilitate increased cooperation, communication, coordination and collaboration within and between these networks during all phases of disaster.  

Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD)

VOAD is an association of nonprofit organizations that mitigate and alleviate the impact of disasters, provides a forum promoting cooperation, communication, coordination and collaboration; and fosters more effective delivery of services to communities affected by disaster.  

OneStar recognizes the crucial assistance that Texas Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) member & partner agencies provide during all phases of disaster and is committed to helping to facilitate and provide consistent administrative support to this coalition of more than 45 nonprofit & faith-based organizations.  Moreover, OneStar is an active member of numerous local and regional VOADs and active participant with National VOAD.  


Community Organizations Active in Disaster (COAD)

COADs build and strengthen the capacity of local communities to prepare for, respond to, recover from, and mitigate against, the impact of disaster through the identification and engagement of community assets prior to an event.  COAD membership is comprised of local organizations from the nonprofit, public, private, governmental, faith-based, and/or community-based sectors.

OneStar recognizes that one of the most effective ways to mitigate against the post-disaster resource constraints that have become our new normal is for communities to take an asset-based approach to resilience that builds upon local resources.  As such, OneStar continues to support the development and sustainability of COAD networks through subject-matter expertise and capacity-building support.  


Long-Term Recovery Groups (LTRG)

A LTRG is a collaborative network of community-based, faith-based and nonprofit organizations, private sector partners, philanthropic funders, and other recovery partners that is responsible for coordinating the money, materials and volunteer labor needed for recovery.  LTRGs work in collaboration with local government.  

OneStar recognizes the critical role that these community-led networks have in helping to support the recovery of Texans impacted by disaster and will continue to support the development and sustainability of LTRG networks through subject-matter expertise and capacity-building support.  


Government Partners

In 2011, OneStar was named by the Texas Legislature as Chair of the Interagency Coordinating Group (ICG), which is a legislatively mandated coordinating body comprised of representatives from 25 state agencies and charged with increasing partnership opportunities between state agencies and faith-based and community organizations.  As such, OneStar is strategically placed to promote and facilitate cooperation, communication, coordination and collaboration between government and the nonprofit sector as it relates to disaster preparedness, response, and recovery.