What is COAD?
Community Organizations Active in Disaster (COAD)

Imagine having a potluck dinner with strangers and no prior coordination.  The likely result would be a disorganized and unbalanced buffet table, some awkward dinner conversation, and lots of no shows.  

Now imagine responding to an unplanned event such as a hurricane or oil spill without any prior collaboration or communication between the organizations that are on the front lines.  While fire, police and emergency management professionals are responding to the immediate health and safety needs of the community, the non-profit organizations and houses of worship are the first entities to meet the basic needs of the community.  From the moment a disaster strikes, these non-governmental organizations provide food, shelter, clothing, guidance and care.  Community organizations are on the ground and available to deliver services long before FEMA and national organizations arrive on the scene and long after these organizations move on.  However, no organization can respond alone, and we need to coordinate the efforts of public, private and non-profit sectors in order to meet the needs of community members.  That is why Essex County needs a COAD. 

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Community Organizations Active in Disaster (COAD) brings together local organizations and houses of worship with local officials and emergency management professionals to strengthen the overall community response to a disaster and help the community better plan and prepare for whatever may lie ahead.  The COAD does not deliver any services directly, but fosters communication, coordination, collaboration and cooperation (the 4 C’s) among governmental and non-governmental organizations to provide the most effective services to our community.  Through regular meetings, trainings, and information sharing, organizations build plans and form partnerships to better respond when a disaster strikes. 

The benefits of joining COAD are numerous, but some of the highlights include:

  • Knowledge and information (pre- and post- disaster)

  • Minimizing duplication of efforts

  • Identifying and addressing gaps in services

  • Networking

  • Sharing and maximizing of resources

COAD builds synergy in the community; we can do more together than individually.  Being a member of COAD provides access to resources and services that can benefit your organization and the people you serve during the “blue sky” days as well as during times of disaster. 

While we are fortunate that major disasters do not strike our area on a frequent basis, every day is a disaster for someone in Essex County.  Through joining together as a COAD, we can better respond to small and large scale disasters affecting one individual or the whole community. 
If you have questions or need additional information, please contact  us:

: EssexCOAD@gmail.com
Phone: (862) 256-COAD / (862) 256-2623

Become a Member: Register Today! 


Community News

NJDOH forwarded the information below regarding upcoming FEMA workshops that might be of interest. The sessions are intended for community and governmental partners as described and discussions will address conducting shelter-in-place operations in response to nuclear detonation as a worst case scenario.

Subject: Shelter-in-Place Workshops
In December of 2016, FEMA Region II conducted a Shelter-in-Place Workshop for its whole of community partners in the New York City / New Jersey Area. Based upon the overwhelmingly positive feedback, FEMA is pleased to announce two more sessions of this workshop for those who were not able to attend the first one.
The FEMA Region II Shelter-in-Place Workshop is intended for crisis and continuity planners for faith-based organizations, community groups, volunteer agencies, private sector partners, government agencies, nongovernment organizations, and anyone in between. The purpose is to discuss the initial actions and long term challenges for you to conduct a shelter-in-place operation at your facility or place of business in response to a major disaster. This workshop will use a nuclear detonation as a scenario as a way to use the ‘worst case scenario’ to encourage discussions and identify best practices that could be used on any other type of disaster.

March 21, 2017
8:30am - 4:00pm
American Red Cross - New Jersey
To register, visit:

April 3, 2017
8:30am - 4:00pm
To register, visit: https://fema.connectsolutions.com/r2sipnycapr17/event/registration.html