Memorial Day closure

Most City of Portland offices will be closed Monday, May 29, in observance of Memorial Day.

Portland COAD

Row of volunteers with tools to donate air conditioners.
The Portland COAD is a network of community organizations that prepare for and respond to emergencies and disasters like heatwaves, winter weather and earthquakes. Many of our COAD partners are a trusted source of information for their communities and are providing lifeline services every week.

Community Partner Bulletin

Use this form to be added to our bulletin email list. The bulletin shares meeting information, safety tips for hazards like wildfires and winter weather, as well as training opportunities and funding sources. During declared emergencies like heatwaves, the bulletin becomes an incident alert for our COAD partners. 

Monthly Meetings

Join us the first Tuesday of the month, 3 to 4 pm. The Portland COAD meets monthly to network, learn about disaster topics, and brainstorm creative solutions to community response. Meetings are held online via Zoom. 

Meetings are open to all! Sign up for the Community Partner Bulletin to get the link. 

COAD Projects

The COAD coordinator develops projects and programs based on the work of community partners and their needs. Current projects include:

COAD Coordinator

The COAD coordinator at PBEM:

  • facilitates meetings and collaborative projects
  • provides trainings relevant to community organizations
  • connects partners to public agencies
  • advocates for community organization in government spaces
  • administers grants for the group

Contact Kate Szrom, COAD Coordinator at

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