Dynamic Partnerships

Develop COADs

Communities can come together and create COADs (Community Organizations Active in Disasters). This is a replicable program that involves no federal support. What it takes is motivation and a little work.

 

Since character limits restrict my ability to give a thorough understanding of my meaning I would direct you to these links for examples of COADs from all over the United States.

 

http://www.continuityinsights.com/articles/2009/06/public-private-partnerships-coads-voads-and-more

 

http://www.continuityinsights.com/articles/2009/12/spotlight-safer-santa-rosa

 

Regardless of the size of your jurisdiction, a few motivated people from the business, non profit and government sectors, can make a difference. Borrow ideas from other jurisdictions of similar size and demographics. Decide what your goals are. You can make a difference in your communities without external aid. Create a COAD or convert a long term recovery organization into a COAD. Bring in emergency management, and be a leader in your community.

Example: www.safersantarosa.org

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