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Big Bend Community Organizations Active in Disaster (COAD)

What is COAD?

The Big Bend Community Organizations Active in Disaster (COAD) is a supportive and collaborative entity composed of community and faith based organizations, businesses, and volunteers whose purpose is to coordinate planning efforts of the many voluntary organizations responding to, preparing for, recovering from, and mitigating against disaster.

COAD has formed a Leadership Team that meets quarterly and coordinates two general membership meetings where organizations share knowledge and resources throughout the disaster cycle—preparation, response and recovery—to help disaster survivors and their communities.

Who Should Join COAD?

Civic groups, businesses, faith based associations, individuals and government agencies that address unmet needs prior to, during and following a disaster. To join COAD, please fill out the membership form and return to Jeri Bush: bushj@leoncountyfl.govUpon receiving the form, we will contact you directly to learn more about your organization and to answer any questions

Registration Form

Key Partnerships In COAD

  • Leon County Emergency Management
  • City of Tallahassee
  • Big Bend 2-1-1
  • Capital Area Chapter of the American Red Cross
  • American Second Harvest Food Bank
  • Big Bend Animal Response Team (DART)
  • Salvation Army
  • Catholic Social Services
  • Goodwill Industries
  • Florida Baptist Disaster Relief
  • United Partners for Human Services
  • Council of Neighborhood Associations
  • Big Bend Homeless Coalition
  • VolunteerLEON, Leon County Volunteer Services

Benefits of COAD Collaboration

  • Improved Service
  • Less Confusion
  • Increased Understanding
  • Improved Relationships
  • Reduced Fragmentation of Services
  • Reduced Duplication of Services
  • Enhanced Problem-Solving
  • Maintain strong relationships with the emergency management community built on mutual understanding of limits and regulations COAD Collaboration

What Happens During a Disaster?

VolunteerLEON Notices Members of Emergency Operation Center Activation

Initial Conference Call is Conducted

Agency Report Out:

  • Preparedness Activities
  • Operational Activities
  • Current status & outlook

Daily Conference Calls During Full Activation

  • Agencies report out their response activities
  • Unmet needs/resources are identified
  • Coordinated response solutions are discussed
  • VolunteerLEON conducts off line coordination to resolve unmet needs

Examples of Unmet Needs COAD Faces

  • Additional water for shelters
  • Volunteers to help sort and pack food boxes
  • Extra cots and animal crates
  • Volunteers to prepare, serve, and deliver meals to clients
  • Families need to replace basic household items due to flooding and have no funds to do it on their own
  • Tree has fallen on home, elderly owners have no insurance
  • Family’s food has spoiled and they have no money until the first of the month


Volunteers Needed


                              During a disaster everyone is needed. 

   Volunteers are needed to provide food and shelter, comfort and care.

  Salvation Army

 Disaster Volunteer Training Opportunities


Day of Week Date of Training Time of Training Hours Tile of Training
Saturday June 9, 2018 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 4 hours Introduction to The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster
Saturday June 9, 2018 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. 2 hours Safe From Harm (EDS version)
Saturday June 23, 2018 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 8 hours Disaster Food Services and Canteen Operations
Saturday July 14, 2018 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 4 hours ServSafe Food Handler 6th Ed.
Saturday July 14, 2018 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. 4 hours Ministry of Presence
Saturday July 28, 2018 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 8 hours Finance & Administration




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