Public Safety & Justice Services Mission Statement: The Department of Public Safety & Justices Services’ mission is to provide a wide range of public safety and justice services to residents and first responders of Cuyahoga County, while embracing current and new technologies in the public safety field.


You are here: Home > Emergency Management > COAD

Cuyahoga County Community Organizations Active in Disaster


 Important Information

The mission of COAD is to assemble community entities to identify and increase capabilities, encourage training, share information, and integrate resources into an efficient and effective disaster preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation system. Although COAD will play a role in all phases of emergency management, members will be particularly active in the emergency assistance and long-term recovery aspects of a disaster by working directly with individuals and families.

Cuyahoga County COAD is an extension of the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (National VOAD) and the Ohio VOAD and will act in accordance with their values of
  1. Cooperation: Working together to increase the capabilities of individual members and to support each other’s goals.
  2. Communication: Sharing information and disseminating a common message.
  3. Coordination: Integrating resources into an efficient and effective system.
  4. Collaboration: Working together to create new systems and to achieve more than individual organizations can achieve alone.

COAD members can include non-profit, community-based, and faith-based organizations; government agencies; educational or research institutions; businesses or private corporations; and foundations.