Contact Information

Karen Gilkey                     620-324-1008
Kara Keenan                    620-659-3433
Avery Rutledge                 620-388-2067
Doris Rutledge                620-388-6411

Meeting Information

Volunteering Information

Primary Functions

Edwards County COAD

What is ED-COAD?
The "Community Organizations Active in Disasters" model was designed to fit the national structure of disaster response by using existig organizations and groups.  But to help us understand what we are trying to accomplish with our local COAD it can be requrased "A Community Organizaed to Act in Disasters".

While the First Responders, EMS, Sheriff, Fire & Rescue, Helth Dept., Hospital, & Emergency Management, all have their primary roles in disaster reponses, the ED-COAD is lookng for any unmet needs of the community, before, during, and after, that can be met by our own community & then prepare for it by offering structure and training to respond.

The ED-COAD is a structure by which any individual volunteer: (from youth to senior citizen, even those with disabilitites,) organization; (Churches, Rotary, Sororitities, 4-H, etc.) and businesses can be organizaed and trained to be a part of disaster response.

Mission Statement
ED-COAD is to partner together to coordinate resources and volunteers for the most efficient management of disaster response and recovery.

I.  Definitions:
The ED-COAD is a body of individual volunteers, business, and organizations, who desire to serve and care for their community.  These individual volunteers and groups seek to work together in times of disaster through structure and training.  The ability to work together effectively is the essential action needed to serve in the event and time of a disaster.

-The ED-COAD will work with local government and emergency responding groups to learn what unmet needs there are in our commuinity and set up training to meet these needs.

-When a disaser takes place, the ED-COAD provides an immediate structure of leadership that knows what the needs are and how to respond in a safe and effective way.

Who Participates?
The ED-COAD will include any individual volunteers, businesses, and organizations, with an interest in addressing a community's emergency management needs.  This includes disaster services agencies, emergency management agencies, and public, private or not-for-profit organizations.

Disaster means any natural or human caused catastrophic event that result in damage, loss, hardship or suffering.  disasters may involve an individual household, local community or regional area.

By learning:
     -The Command system of disaster response,
     -The Structure of the Emergency Management,
     -How we can fit in and become a part of it,
     -And training to perform needed functions.

Our County can be ready!!

II.  The Function of the ED-COAD:

ED-COAD will be active in all four phases of emergency management:

Risk Reduction
Any activity taken to eliminate or reduce the degree of long term risk to human life, property, and environment fromt he effects of a disaster.
--This is accomplished by researching the type of disasters that our area may experieence and what type of damage they may cause.  The make plas on how to reduce the damage caused by these disasters and how to recover faster.

Any activity taken in advance of a disaster that lessens the damage caused by the disaster, and allows them to move into recovery phases quicker. 
--This is accomplished by putting together an organization that givesleadership to respond as a group and sets up training to develp skills to respond and to practice those skills: 
  • To collect the needed supplies and to store in an accessible way and place
  • To help business, families, and organizations develop personal Disaster Plans.
Any action taken immediately before, during or directly after an emergency occurs to save lives, minimize injuries, lessen damage and enhance the effectiveness of recovery.


A short term activity to return businesses and families to minimum operating standards and/ or a long term activity designed to return the affected people and areas to their pre-disaster conditions.

III.  Guiding Principles & Goals of the ED-COAD:

Principles:  (the Three C's)
  1. Communication:  Facilitate effective communication between individuals, volunteer groups, organizations and emergency personnel.
  2. Collaboration:  To work together as a cohesive group to strengthen area disaster coordination.
  3. Coordination:  Coordinate all resources available within the county for the maximum effectiveness of disaster management.
Goals to Form:

Goal 1:  An interagency group is in existence and has assumed responsibility for coordinating interagency activities related to emergency managment.

Goal 2:  The ED-COAD officers are prepared to begin functioning as an unmet needs committee immediately following a disaster.

Goal 3:  ED-COAD members have an awareness of emergency management issues and have received appropriate training.