Disaster Operations Headquarters
During an emergency or disaster event, the overall responsibility of CADRE Operations Management rests with the command Officer, who is appointed by the Leadership Council. The Objectives of CADRE during an emergency:

Assess - determine the impact of the disaster on non-profit service providers; through its network, determine the gaps and vulnerabilities of the community, especially on the "hidden" segments; gauge the success of ongoing relief and recovery operations.

Bridge - provide information and advocacy from the community to responding government agencies; support dissemination of information into the impacted communities.

Resource Coordination - identifies gaps among service providers; identifies resources that can be shared among members; identifies resources available from donations in-kind from faith-based, private and the public; publicizes needs through available means.

Support continuity of services - through the Assessment and Resource Coordination objectives; assist continuity of critical operations by community service providers

Problem Solve - at the request of government or private agencies, convene ad hoc task groups to address specific issues within the disaster.

Coordinate reimbursement - assist network members in processing and applying for reimbursement from state, federal and private funding sources; provide training and expertise to members to insure successful processing of requests.

Initiate long-term recovery - working with community stakeholders; develop a Long-term Recovery Plan to include declaration of its authority, funding, staffing, logistical support and planning objectives.

CADRE roughly follows the Standardized Emergency Management (SEMS) organizational format, utilizing the broad-based Sections (Operations, Planning, Logistics and Finance/Admin.), but has made significant modifications to the Branches in order to clearly identify subject matter focus areas. Please see the CADRE ICS Chart Activation -- CADRE will activate for any of the following triggers:
  • A disaster occurs in Santa Clara County.
  • At the request of a local jurisdiction, the County of Santa Clara Office of Emergency Services, Santa Clara Social Services Agency or Santa Clara County Public Health.
  • At the request of one of its member agencies.
  • At the request of a neighboring VOAD to provide mutual assistance.
  • Upon the decision of the Leadership Council.
Activation Process -- An executive member of the Leadership Council will initiate a meeting either in person or via other technological means. At that meeting the Council will agree upon:
  • Objectives- which objectives will most likely be targeted.
  • Scale- an estimate of which sections and branches will be engaged and to what level
  • Activation of CADRE DOC and to what level
  • Initial Staffing for Operations Management Team


Information about the activation will be sent out to CADRE membership, non-member community partners and the general public. Lead member agencies for Sections and Branches being activated will be directly contacted to access their capacity to carry out the activities of their assigned sections. Alternates will be sought if they are unable to do so. Notification will be sent out to partner-VOAD, including Northern California VOAD and its members.

CADRE Operational Protocols

This page lists the current CADRE Operational Protocols.

CADRE Resource Coordination

This page includes forms and resources used by CADRE leadership and member organizations in the event of an emergency or disaster that formally activates the CADRE Network California VOAD - Agency Disaster Status Reporting

Current CADRE Activations

This page will be utilized during an event to coordinate information flow and resources in a declared emergency or disaster.

Past CADRE Activations

Please review the Past CADRE Activations page to see past responses for 2005 Hurricane Katrina operations and 2007 Cold Weather.  
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This publication is supported by Award No. 2010-0006, awarded by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Office of Grants and Training ( G&T). The opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this publication/program/exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Homeland Security.