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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 registration form below.  Upon receiving the form, we will contact you directly to learn more about your organization and to answer any additional questions.

Registration Form

Key Partnerships In COAD

Leon County Animal Control

Leon County Volunteer Services

American Second Harvest

Apalachee Regional Planning Council

Disaster Animal Response Team

2-1-1 Big Bend

Salvation Army

Leon County Emergency Management

Red Cross (West Territory)

Red Cross (East Territory)

Kearney Center

Church of Latter Day Saints

City of Tallahassee

Council of Neighborhood Associations

Area Agency on Aging for North Florida

Wakulla County

Capital Area Community Action Agency

Big Bend Homeless Coalition

Catholic Charities of NW Florida

Big Bend Health Care Coalition

United Partners for Human 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?

Leon County Volunteer Services 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

Leon County Volunteer Services 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