Sonoma County Community Organizations Active in Disaster (SC-COAD) is a collaborative coalition that builds the capacity and coordination of local organizations to both prepare for and respond to disasters in Sonoma County in order to support their operations, employees, and community while effectively aligning efforts with government entities. The SC-COAD also provides a link to both the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) and the regional Northern California VOAD through its membership in those collaborations.
The SC-COAD provides access to networking, training, workshops, and technical assistance for local agencies on emergency planning, preparedness, and client support. We do not provide direct funding but commit to seeking collaborative funding that will ensure the longevity of the group. The SC-COAD supports preparedness-related community initiatives and coordinates with county and city emergency services to align emergency- and disaster-related activities throughout the disaster cycle - mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery.
In support of the above mission and purpose, the SC-COAD invites organizations involved in disaster preparedness, response and recovery to become members.
Membership in COAD is open to representatives of non-profits and other organizations such as faith-based groups and other organized groups active in disaster. As a member of the coalition, you and your agency are asked to sign a “Member Agreement” signifying that you and your leadership understand the responsibilities and commitment that membership entails, as outlined in the COAD Bylaws:
- Members accept the mission and purpose of the Sonoma County COAD as set out in the By-Laws and agree to work in a manner consistent with both.
- Members agree to maintain representation at routine and special membership meetings and participate in special events and projects.
- Members agree to share information with the COAD network and distribute information when possible.
- Members agree to maintain accurate information about their organization in the Sonoma County 211 database
- SC-COAD activities may include confidential county administrative or client information which is only to be communicated with direct consent. Client information collected at a Local Assistance Center (LAC) or through other related disaster response activities will only be used to assist individuals and transition to long term recovery when appropriate. Some disaster-related services require a signed data sharing agreement.
- Member logos may be included in communications and platforms.