COAD Workshops

LARC is excited to invite new & existing partners to learn how groups of community organizations active in disaster (COADs) can organize to consider the human needs & risk factors that are likely in local disaster situations, identify gaps in potential service delivery, & prepare local communities to assess needs & transition to meet those needs through local long-term recovery programs.

9:00 – 3:00
Monday, April 25th or Tuesday, April 26th
OKC Better Business Bureau
17 S. Dewey Ave., OKC, 73102
Click here to register!

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What topics will we cover?

  • What is a COAD, & why start one?
  • Structure & function of a COAD/LTRG
  • Case management structure & function in a COAD/LTRG
  • When should a COAD become a LTRG & vice versa, & how does that happen?
  • Preparing for Long Term Recovery

Who should attend this workshop?

  • Anyone who is concerned about what happens after a local disaster
  • Anyone who is interested in helping before, during or after a local disaster
  • City & County officials
  • Faith communities
  • Not for profits & nonprofits
  • Healthcare coalition members
  • Law enforcement & all first responders
  • Behavioral health providers
  • Educational institutions
  • Those representing vulnerable populations

Click here to register so that we can best plan for food & seating!

Question & Answer:

Should I attend if I am not a disaster care provider, emergency manager, or organization with disaster preparedness, response, or recovery in its mission?

YES, you should attend because disasters affect everyone & resilience depends on everyone working together across communities, neighborhoods, organizations, & sectors!

What does COAD mean?

A Community Organization Active in Disaster (COAD) is a group dedicated to helping their community make the best of its resources before, during, & after a disaster by creating relationships prior to an event.

What does LTRG mean?

Long-term recovery (LTR) is the period following a disaster when the impacted community & its residents return to a new normal state of living. During this time, a Long-Term Recovery Group (LTRG) is usually established by the community, often with outside assistance, to allow organizations to work together to develop long-term recovery programs that will help the most vulnerable residents through the recovery process.

What is the difference between a COAD & an LTRG?

Great question! The COAD workshops will cover this & other helpful topics!

Who developed this COAD workshop & where does the information come from?

Mark & Carol Martin with World Renew Disaster Services developed this COAD workshop to include information they have collected from COADs & LTRGs across the country. Because the Martins believe it is important to encourage the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD) model, the primary material they use is from NVOAD resources.

Why is LARC excited to have the Martins facilitate these COAD workshops?

Mark & Carol Martin are volunteer Regional Managers for World Renew Disaster Response Services, an outreach ministry of the Christian Reformed Church. They cover the states of Colorado, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma & New Mexico. World Renew DRS offers services such as organizational capacity building, Rapid Response volunteer teams for cleanup, Needs Assessment Teams, estimators, volunteer work groups, & long term rebuilding sites. Over the last seven years, the Martins have worked in Mississippi, Indiana, upstate New York & Iowa ; &, served as Needs Assessment Team Leaders & team members. Following Hurricane Sandy, they led teams on Long Island & teams in New Jersey.

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