A Community Organization Active in Disaster (COAD) is a collaborative network of organizations, agencies, individuals, businesses, and others based within a community representing public, private, and not-for-profit agencies, which work towards the mission of helping to minimize the effects of a disaster.
No two disasters are alike. The impact on each victim is different. The needs of each are unique and often unmet. However, a community and its citizens are unquestionably better served if a COAD is in place for planning and education long before a disaster strikes.
Communities that bring resources together in a COAD can increase the effectiveness of their response to the needs of disaster survivors in a timely way, thereby reducing the social and economic impact of the disaster.
To see a list of developed COADs in Indiana, click here.