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Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (OEMHS)

Montgomery County, Maryland
Community Organizations Active in Disaster (COAD)

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When a disaster occurs, neighbors and community organizations are often eager to help. The Montgomery County COAD is an organization formed to improve awareness of the needs of the community and connect the capabilities of community partners with those needs during all stages of an event. The Montgomery County COAD hopes to provide opportunities for community organizations to get involved to make the community and its members safer and more prepared for threats of disasters of all kinds.

What is a COAD? 

COAD stands for “Community Organizations Active in Disaster”. A COAD is a local group of community organizations that coordinates emergency human services, while working in concert with partner agencies, including the local emergency management agency and social service agencies, during all stages of a disaster. 

What does the Montgomery County COAD do?

The Montgomery County COAD is a collaborative partnership between community stakeholders – voluntary, private and non-profit organizations – that assists in organizing community efforts to provide needed services to community members that arise as the result of a disaster that occurs in the County. The goal of the Montgomery County COAD is to organize and deploy community resources in an efficient and timely manner during each phase of a disaster.

Why get involved? 

As a community organization in Montgomery County, you can help prepare the community for disasters and provide much needed assistance to community members if an event occurs. Joining the Montgomery County COAD allows your organization to help your community in an organized and effective way. 

With a strong and organized COAD, Montgomery County will have more resources to respond to a disaster or event that occurs in our community, adding to our community's preparedness and resiliency. 

How to get involved? 

The Montgomery County COAD is looking for any agency, business, civic group, faith based organization, or any other community organization that may provide assistance to the community during all phases of a disaster or event. 

If your organization would like to get involved in the Montgomery County COAD or if you have any questions, send an e-mail to our Outreach Coordinator, Joe Corona.



Next Meeting

COAD 3rd Quarter Meeting

Thursday, September 12, 2019

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Emergent BioSolutions
Conference Room A&B
300 Professional Drive
Gaithersburg, Maryland 20879

* Armed protective services will check driver’s license upon entering *

For more information on this meeting, or if you would like to attend, please contact Joe Corona.

Upcoming COAD Trainings

  • Sept 12: COAD Narcan Training
  • Sept. 18: COAD Stop the Bleed Training (open to the public)
  • Sept. 25: Mental Health First Aid Training
  • Oct. 3: Mental Health First Aid Training
  • Oct. 22: Shelter Training for Partners

For more information about these trainings, please contact Joe Corona.

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