COAD stands for Community Organizations Active
in Disaster. COAD serves as an organizational network comprised of
representatives from public, private, and not-for-profit agencies.
COAD provides a network through which individual member agencies can
more effectively fulfill their mission during all four phases of
emergency management: mitigation, preparedness, response and
recovery. The East Central COAD covers Boone, Howard, Merrick, and
Nance counties in Nebraska.
The COAD assists in times of need by:
- Sharing resources and information between organizations and
individuals involved in response and recovery efforts.
- Recruiting more individuals/organizations into COAD to
ensure that appropriate resources are available when a disaster
- Fostering cooperation between volunteers, organizations and
first responder agencies.
- Coordinating human services to reach the unmet needs of
- Receiving and distributing donated goods as needed.
How to participate in COAD:
- Stay Informed: Sign up for the COAD email update including
news and meeting alerts.
- Register as a Resource: Complete a Resource Registry Form to
include how your organization can help after a disaster strikes.
- Become a Member: Attend meetings and vote on COAD issues.
is to enhance the community’s ability to mitigate, prevent,
prepare for, respond to and recover from large-scale disasters, thus
ensuring that human needs in a disaster situation are evaluated and
*Upcoming dates for COAD meetings are listed on the county’s