Community Organizations Active in Disaster (COAD)

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The Portland COAD - Community Organizations Active in Disaster - meets monthly to network, share information, hear from disaster experts, and brainstorm creative solutions to community response. Meetings are held online via Zoom. Meetings are open to all!

What is a COAD?

COAD means Community Organizations Active in Disaster. It is a national model that brings together community organizations under four principles: Communication, Cooperation, Coordination and Collaboration. 

Communication The group promotes the regular sharing of information about and between our member organizations and partners.

Cooperation The group recognizes that no single organization has all the answers for all the challenges that arise during disasters. We promote working or acting together with a common purpose.

Coordination Member organizations and their representatives work in a coordinated fashion to more effectively and efficiently utilize donated resources to support communities, reducing the likelihood of duplication of effort.

Collaboration The group encourages sharing resources with each other and collaborating across different organizations to meet the needs of our communities.

Each organization acts independently and retains full autonomy and authority in how they serve their communities.

Join Us The first Tuesday of the month, 3 to 4 p.m.

The Portland COAD meets monthly to network, share information, hear from disaster experts, and brainstorm creative solutions to community response. Meetings are held online via Zoom. 

Meetings are open to all! Email coad@portlandoregon.gov for the meeting link.

COAD Coordinator

The COAD coordinator at PBEM supports the group as a whole and every representative individually in their unique mission and response work. They facilitate meetings, connects community organizations to PBEM regarding community needs or offers of resources, provides Earthquake preparedness and other trainings relevant to community organizations, and supports funding opportunities for disaster planning and response.

Get In Touch

Use this form to be added to our bulletin email list. 

The bulletin shares safety tips for hazards like wildfires and winter weather, as well as training opportunities and funding sources. 

Questions? Want to know more?

Email the COAD coordinator at coad@portlandoregon.gov.