COAD (Community Organizations Active in Disaster)

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WHAT IS COAD?
Manitowoc County's Community Organizations Active in Disaster (COAD) was formed in October 2019. The COAD is a partnership of local organizations led by United Way Manitowoc County to coordinate disaster response education and timely dissemination of critical information and resources. Participants consist of nonprofits, faith-based organizations, businesses, schools, and other community organizations who can play an active role in times of crisis.

PURPOSE

The purpose of the COAD is to bring together organizations before, during and after a crisis to best support Manitowoc County communities with preparedness, response and recovery efforts should a disaster strike.

BENEFITS

  • Identify key stakeholders before a disaster strikes

  • Sharing of contact information in advance

  • Resources/capabilities of local organizations are known ahead of time

  • Roles and responsibilities preestablished

  • Reduce duplication of efforts

  • Identify gaps/shortfalls of disaster response and recovery services

  • Unified public messaging regarding volunteer and donations management

  • Improved referrals/disaster case management

  • Efficient and effective disaster response and recovery efforts

STRUCTURE

  • United Way Manitowoc County is both the lead and fiscal agent of the COAD.

CURRENT COAD PARTICIPANTS

  • Ansay & Associates LLC

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters WI Shoreline

  • Calvary Lutheran Church

  • First Presbyterian Church

  • Grow It Forward Inc.

  • Hope Community Church

  • Hope House of Manitowoc County

  • InCourage

  • Lakeshore CAP

  • Lakeshore Humane Society

  • Lakeshore Technical College

  • Lighthouse Recovery Community Center

  • Manitowoc County Emergency Services

  • Manitowoc County Habitat for Humanity

  • Manitowoc County Health Department

  • Manitowoc County Homebuilders Association

  • Manitowoc County Human Services

  • Red Cross

  • Salvation Army of Manitowoc County

  • United Way Manitowoc County

HOW IS THE COAD ACTIVATED?

  • Manitowoc County Emergency Services assesses the needs of residents following an incident and determines if the COAD should be activated.

  • If determined that the COAD should be activated, Manitowoc County Emergency Services will contact United Way Manitowoc County to facilitate activation.

  • United Way Manitowoc County uses a capabilities matrix to determine response coordination.

2022 MEETING SCHEDULE

Meetings are held every two months on the third Thursday from 12-1:00pm at:

Manitowoc County Emergency Management Building

1024 S. 9th St.

Manitowoc, WI  54220

(Zoom option also available)

  • January 20

  • March 17

  • May 19

  • July 21

  • September 15

  • November 17

OUR 2020 IMPACT

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9,019
Households
Served
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$92,150
TOTAL
AWARDED
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24,257
Individuals
Served

On March 21, 2020, just days after the World Health Organization deemed COVID-19 a pandemic and Wisconsin begain its Safer at Home Order, United Way Manitowoc County launched a COVID-19 Basic Needs Relief Fund in partnership with Manitowoc County's COAD. This fund was created to support local nonprofit and community organizations. Our goal was to provide both immediate basic needs relief and long-term recovery in Manitowoc County, particularly for ALICE (Asset Limited Income Constrained Employed) households.

United Way Manitowoc County quickly raised $92,877 from generous individual donors, corporate donors (Americollect, Associated Bank, Festival Foods, Meijer, Sargento, UnitedOne Credit Union, Wisconsin Public Service Foundation), and United Way Manitowoc County's Endowment Fund. (See our 2020 Annual Report for information on recipients.)

WANT TO PARTICIPATE
IN THE COAD?

CONTACT UNITED WAY MANITOWOC COUNTY

Call us at (920) 682-8888

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