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Community Organizations Active in Disaster

COAD Contacts Map - June 2014
View a snapshot of Indiana counties developing COADs. Each color represents a different COAD. For more information contact Purdue Extension Disaster Specialists Steve Cain at 765-494-8410, or Abby Hostetler at 765-494-4390,

Every county in Indiana has fac​ed a federally-declared disaster in recent history. Floods, tornadoes, and ice storms usually top the list, but now it's drought. If you want to help your community face tough disaster issues, a Community Organization Active in Disaster (COAD) may help. This page has helpful information on starting a COAD.

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Steve Cain

EDEN Homeland Security Project Director
Indiana VOAD Past President (February 2009 to February 2013)
Purdue University
Department of Ag Communications
615 West State Street, Room 211
West Lafayette, IN 47907
Phone: (765) 494-8410
Fax: (765) 496-1117
Cell: (765) 427-8881



For the latest on the development of Community Organizations Active in Disaster (COAD), please visit the Indiana Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (INVOAD) website.

Presentation given to the Midwest Contingency Planners March 11, 2014 meeting: (Download PDF: 4.3 MB, Download PPT: 9.8 MB)

Download a presentation on “Disasters Affecting Indiana: Building​ COADs for Your Community (PDF: 3.5 MB)

Download the Indiana COAD Guidance manual (PDF: 390 KB)

What kind of COAD is yours? Use the checklist to find out what level, beginner, intermediate or advanced, your COAD is. (PDF: 4.23 MB)

What might members of the Indiana VOAD, your COAD or you do during an emergency? Download this PDF to find out. (PDF: 4.33 MB)