No two disasters are alike. The impact on each individual is different. The needs of each are unique and often unmet. However, a community and its citizens are unquestionably better served if a Community Organization Active in Disaster (COAD) is in place for planning and education long before a disaster strikes.
Communities that bring resources together in a COAD can increase the effectiveness of their response to the needs of disaster survivors in a timely way, thereby reducing the social and economic impact of the disaster.
Here are basic steps you need to follow for facilitating your local COAD or Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) through Extension. Where applicable, the PDF links after each step are either examples or resources for the step.
Questions or comments can be directed to the material developers, Carrie McKillip, Bev Maltsberger, or Mike Gaffney, or to the EDEN Communication Specialist, Abby Hostetler.