What is a COAD?

All disasters begin locally and end locally. Community Organizations Active in Disaster are dedicated to helping a community make the best of its resources in a disaster by creating local relationships prior to an event in order to ensure that human needs probable in a disaster situation are assessed and met. COADs have a broad mission: to strengthen area-wide disaster coordination by sharing programs, policies, information, joint planning and training.

A COAD is a community organization made up of representatives from public, private, volunteer and nonprofit agencies and organizations who may be active in all phases of disaster: mitigation, prevention, preparedness, response and recovery.

COAD's do not provide direct services, but provide a network through which individual organizations can more effectively address their mission and service goals during all phases of a disaster. A COAD enhances the ability for all communities involved to mitigate, prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters.

COAD members maintain their autonomy while working to reduce and eliminate duplication of services and other inefficiencies that occur during times of disaster. COAD members believe that community leadership, public and private, should be utilized in planning, directing and implementing the disaster recovery.

Map of active COAD's in Nebraska
Updated 10/2011

Recently, the terms COAD and VOAD have been used interchangeably. VOAD stands for Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster and this group name has been primarily used on a National and State level whereas, COADs have been more localized, such as service to a county or region.
National VOAD: http://www.nvoad.org/