What is COAD?

Community Organizations Active in Disaster (COAD)

Why 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 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, training, and information sharing, organizations build plans and form partnerships to respond better 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
(862) 256-COAD / (862) 256-2623

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Quarterly Meeting Calendar

Designed with you in mind and open to the general public.

Next Quarterly General Session - Community Engagement

March 2020

09:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Guest Speaker:

To Be Announced

Topic:

More information coming soon.

City:

To Be Determined

Quarterly Meeting History

October 23, 2019
09:00 am - 1:00 pm
You Are The Help Until Help Arrives (Presentation) & (Active Shooter Training)
Livingston, NJ
Guest Speaker: Joe Grassi, University Hospital - Center for Emergency Preparedness and Response

March 27, 2019
09:00 am - 1:00 PM
Technology in Times of Disaster
Livingston, NJ
Guest Speaker: Alicia Zendejas, Business Consultant, Saffron Edge

November 7, 2018
09:00 am - 12:00 PM
Individual & Community Preparedness (Presentation)
Livingston, NJ
Guest Speaker: Eric Goldman, FEMA Region II, Regional Preparedness Liaison

July 18, 2018
09:00 am - 12:00 pm
Psychological First Aid (Learn More)
Bloomfield, NJ
Guest Speaker: Wendy Chin, MSW, DRCC
Emergency Response Coordinator, Disaster and Terrorism Branch, NJDOH Mental Health & Addiction Services

April 25, 2018
09:30 am - 12:30 pm
Conflict Management & De-escalation (Learn More)
West Orange, NJ
Guest Speaker: Jay Martinez, Warning Order, LLC

January 17, 2018
09:00 am - 12:00 pm
You Are The Help Until Help Arrives (Presentation) & (Active Shooter Training)
Newark, NJ
Guest Speaker: Joe Grassi, University Hospital - Center for Emergency Preparedness and Response

October 18, 2017
09:00 am - 12:00 pm
Active Shooter Training (Presentation)
East Orange, NJ
Guest Speaker: Ed Moore, New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness

August 23, 2017
09:30 am - 11:30 am
Hurricane Preparedness (Presentation)
Livingston, NJ
Guest Speaker: Eric Goldman, FEMA Region II, Regional Preparedness Liaison

April 19, 2017
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Bio-Terrorism (Presentation)
Montclair, NJ
Guest Speaker: Gary Garetano, Essex County Regional Health Commission

January 18, 2017
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Lights Out! What's Next? (Presentation)
Fairfield, NJ
Guest Speaker: Mike Weber, PSE&G Emergency Preparedness Manager

October 2016
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Active Shooter Training (Presentation)
Livingston, NJ
Guest Speaker: Ed Moore, New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness

July 2016
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Zika Virus (Presentation)
Newark, NJ
Guest Speaker: Eric Williges, Essex Mosquito Control Commissioner & Vaidehi Dave, Essex Regional Health Commissioner

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Essex County COAD/VOAD (Community Organizations Active in Disaster)

Executive Board of Directors

Michele Epifani
Jersey Cares
Executive Board Role: Chair

Lisa McGee
American Red Cross
Executive Board Role: Vice Chair

R. David Williams
City of East Orange
Department of Public Safety, Fire pision
Executive Board Role: Secretary

Gary Garetano
Essex County Regional Health Commission
Executive Board Role: Member At Large

Lizz McGrady
RSVP
Executive Board Role: Member At Large

Shakira Drones
Medical Reserve Corps
Executive Board Role: Member At Large

Walter D. Pagan, CPP
East Orange General Hospital
Executive Board Role: Member At Large

Are you ready to serve on the Executive Board? Email, MEpifani@jerseycares.org
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Member At Large