Lane COAD (Community Organizations Active in Disaster) is a group of community- organizations, businesses, nonprofits and individuals working together to plan community responses to a variety of emergency and disaster situations. Its primary role is to fill the void when voluntary agencies that have state-wide or regional resources have not yet mobilized to respond and to continue the long-term recovery when those agencies have left the scene.
A COAD consists of people, organizations, and businesses in a community, who are IMMEDIATELY available, in close proximity to, and/or who want to contribute to the response and or recovery of that community. COAD enhances the community's ability to mitigate, prepare, respond and recover from disasters, ensuring that human needs inherent in a disaster situation are evaluated and addressed.
The most important role of COAD is to keep members informed on the capabilities, involvement, and activities of other members. Members attend meetings, trainings, and dedicate resources in times of disaster. They sign a Letter of Commitment as an organization and agree to volunteer their services in coordination with Lane COAD's Emergency Operations Plan.
No member organization has all of the answers for the challenges communities face. Members treat each other as partners.
Members regularly share their capacities, accomplishments, and commitments. The COAD maintains good channels for sharing information, listening carefully to each other, and dealing openly with concerns.
COAD members work together towards the goal of effective service to the community. The COAD will equip members to be coordinated in times of disaster through planning and preparation.
COAD members dedicate themselves to working together. The COAD exists to coordinate member organizations’ activities in relation to emergency response.
The mission of Lane County Community Organizations Active in Disaster (COAD) is to bring together a broad array of community organizations to foster an effective response to the people of Lane County in times of disaster.
Lane COAD is support to County and City emergency managers but is not run by emergency management personnel. Through regular meetings, communication, planning, and training together, member agencies will be well-connected, organized, and ready to respond. On an ongoing basis, the COAD helps with sharing information, resources, and expertise. The COAD will know what resources COAD members have to potentially offer and the contact person to access them.
The COAD’s working relationships are achieved through the promotion of cooperation, communication, coordination, and collaboration of member organizations.