COAD = Community Organizations Active in Disasters

I knew there was a National Organization ( and I knew there were state and substate regional organizations called VOADS, but the local government version is new to me. See this article about a COAD in Scottsbluff, NE.

I am intrigued about their idea of involving the “voluntary, faith-based, civic, fraternal, business, non-profit, and school-based organizations” via one mechanism.  In my experience, dealing with each one of those groups is challenging!

I would like to hear from readers on this matter.

2 thoughts on “COAD = Community Organizations Active in Disasters

  1. We have an excellent county-based COAD here in SW Missouri under the auspices of the Springfield-Greene County Office of Emergency Management. The group is comprised of approximately 30 different non-profit, religious and most recently the Chamber of Commerce. They are tasked with providing not only information dissemination and sharing but are the lead for the recovery effort after an incident having written the plan for the DRFs. Following the Moore tornado the chair of the COAD, who was also the local director of the Red Cross, went down to Moore to help them set up a COAD based on our model.

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