Callaway County COAD prepares to assist during disasters

Anakin Bush/Fulton Sun photo: 
Tina Brown, volunteer coordinator at Callaway County Emergency Management, talks to Rotarians about Callaway County's Community Organizations Active in Disaster (COAD). The COAD prepares to assist in any disaster in the community.
Anakin Bush/Fulton Sun photo: Tina Brown, volunteer coordinator at Callaway County Emergency Management, talks to Rotarians about Callaway County's Community Organizations Active in Disaster (COAD). The COAD prepares to assist in any disaster in the community.

At Wednesday's Fulton Rotary Club meeting, Rotarians learned about Callaway County's Community Organizations Active in Disaster (COAD).

Tina Brown, volunteer coordinator at Callaway County Emergency Management, said a COAD is "established locally to bring organizations that collaborate and help coordinate emergency human services together."

A COAD assists in any disaster, ranging from a house fire to a tornado.

A COAD helps make the community safer, stronger and more prepared to respond to disaster. It also helps with the recovery process afterwards.

Brown said the COAD will plan for a disaster and plan for what needs to happen. This includes providing housing for people whose homes are destroyed in a disaster.

A COAD demonstrates the four core principles of the Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) -- cooperation, communication, coordination and collaboration.

Several types of organizations are involved in the COAD, including non-governmental organizations such as Rotary Clubs and American Red Cross, governmental organizations, faith-based organizations, community-based organizations and local businesses.

Rotarians said in a disaster they could offer clothes, food and transportation to survivors.

One demographic the COAD must consider locally is the Deaf community, Brown said.

"...That's what the COAD tries to do, give people peace of mind that they are not alone during this disaster," Brown said.

The Callaway County COAD has state and federal partners, including Governor's Faith-Based and Community Service Partnership for Disaster Recovery, Missouri VOAD and National VOAD.

To learn more about the Callaway County COAD, visit callawaycountyema.com.

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