COAD (Community Organizations Active in Disaster)

COADs work within the State VOAD structure at the local level. This group of local community organizations works together prior to a disaster to build relationships and to assess their capacity and capabilities for responding in an effective way. During a disaster, they work cooperatively to provide coordination of services to ensure that unmet needs are addressed, that financial assistance and supplies are available, and that knowledge and resources are shared with local residents during a disaster. Maryland VOAD supports the COAD with additional resources and connections for helping them move their community to recovery.

LTRC (Long-Term Recovery Committee)

A Long-Term Recovery Committee is a cooperative body that is made up of representatives from faith-based, non-profit, government, business, and other organizations that works within a community to assist individuals and families as they recover from a significant disaster. Maryland VOAD has the expertise to assist the local community in forming a LTRC. The LTRC helps maintain local management of the disaster, while connecting the community to Maryland VOAD members’ resources and State and National resources. The personality and operation of each group is unique and reflects local needs, available resources, cultural diversity, leadership style, and community support. No matter how a group is structured or what it calls itself, the goal is the same — to connect recovery resources with community needs to ensure that even the most vulnerable in the community recover from disaster.

For more information on existing COADs and LTRCs within our Maryland VOAD structure, please click below.

A member in training attends a COAD formation meeting.
New home built by the Eastern Shore Long Term Recovery Committee.