The role of the Dallas County VOAD is to coordinate planning and preparedness efforts in advance of a disaster. The Dallas County VOAD is not designed for operational management, and is not itself a service delivery organization. Instead, its members operate independently to provide disaster relief and recovery services, and do so cooperatively through the Dallas County VOAD. The Dallas County VOAD is committed to the idea that the best time to prepare, train, and become acquainted with one another is prior to the actual disaster response.