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District 1 COAD

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District 1 COAD
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Indiana has 10 Security Districts

Northwest Indiana is considered District 1. Counties in District 1 include

Lake County
Porter County
Jasper County
Newton County
LaPorte County
COADs are voluntary associations of community organizations who prepare to address all five phases of emergency management: mitigation, prevention, preparedness, response and recovery.

Tools and strategies used by these organizations include disaster education, training/simulation exercises, hazard analysis, regional and community emergency management plans, and leadership development.

Shelters were established, one of which had over 100 adults and children. Some disabled or needing special care. Together volunteers and agencies helped individuals as they moved to other locations until they could find a permanent residence.
What is COAD
Watch the video below to discover the importance of COAD organizations.

Our Mission!
The purpose of the NWIN COAD is to serve as an organizational network which is composed of representatives from public, private and not-for-profit agencies and businesses.

The organization is dedicated to enhancing the community’s ability to manage, prevent, prepare for, respond to and recover from large-scale disasters. Ensuring that human needs inherent in a disaster situation are evaluated and addressed.

In September 2008, flooding throughout Northwest Indiana was caused by the remnants of Hurricane Ike. Torrential rains, flooding of streams, lakes and drainage ditches affected 18,000 families in three counties.
Hospitals and commercial properties flooded and I 94 closed to traffic affecting all of the Midwest traffic.
Such widespread damage caused people to be out of work due to flooding of their workplaces all across the region.
United Way Regional Volunteer Center recruited volunteers to help in all phases of the response and cleanup. Congregations opened relief centers with clothes, furniture and support.
Debriefing support was provided for first responders who worked long hours for weeks and months.
Above: Lake George overflows, causing bridge collapse in downtown Hobart.
For more information about the Division 1 COAD or to find out how you can get involved, please visit:
When disaster strikes, organizations and individuals step up to respond & help assist in recovery and rebuilding.
Above: a LakeShore TV interview with the NWIN COAD founders.
The District 1 COAD is a part of Serve Indiana, a state wide initiative to increase the visibility of service and volunteerism statewide, increase statewide partnerships around service and volunteerism, and align staff and financial resources towards strategic priorities and desired outcomes. During a disaster, the COAD works alongside organizations such as the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS), Indiana Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (INVOAD), and the American Red Cross. The Emergency Managers for each county and the District 1 Homeland Security Administrator are also part of the Indiana COAD.
The District 1 Task Force is an all hazards emergency response entity capable of rapidly deploying to a variety of incidents or events comprised of personnel from the Northwestern Indiana Counties of Lake, Porter, LaPorte, Jasper, and Newton. The task force includes:
Incident Management Team (Type III)
Services and Support Branch-Advanced
Law Enforcement Team
Fire Rescue Team
Mass Casualty Incident (MCI)/Medical Response Team
Hazardous Materials Team
Technical Rescue/US&R Team
Wide Area/Ground Search Team
Tactical Emergency Response Telecommunicator Team
Many people assume that a disasters will never happen to them. However, several disasters have happened here in Northwest Indiana!
Pictures from: https://www.facebook.com/NW-Indiana-District-1-225523724227999/?ref=page_internal
Case management, information and Emotional and spiritual care was provided at three FEMA disaster centers.
In Northwest Indiana, we work with the following Emergency Response Planning Groups:

District One Task Force District Planning Council
NIISSA-Northwest Indiana Information Sharing and Safety Alliance
Lakefront Infrastructure Security Group NWI District 1
District 1 Bioterrorism and Community Stakeholders. 
RCPT- Regional Catastrophic Planning Team Chicago Area

2-1-1/Information & Assistance and Case Management made all the difference in immediate response and keeping people connected. Through this database of service providers, individuals could call anytime of day or night to get updated information.
Lake Shore Regional Recovery of Indiana (LARRI), was composed of representatives from the United Ways serving Northwest Indiana, non-profit agencies, faith-based organizations, churches and volunteers who came together in response to the flood. LARRI applied for Round 1 (received $300,000 planning and start up), Round II ($3.5 million for individual assistance) and Round III (10.2 million for the rebuild). LARRI hired staff, opened an office, conducted a needs assessment, recruited local and national volunteer groups, started a website www.larri.info and called every homeowner who filed with FEMA and applied for SBA loans, but still had unmet needs. We pledged to continue to work as long as it would take for each and every person to be in a safe and secure home.
We came together and stayed together to help our communities!
We continue to be ready!

NWIN COAD agencies and volunteers proactively look for ways to mitigate against disasters at the local level by sharing programs, policies, information, joint planning and training.
Educating the community on how to be prepared in the event of a disaster is a main goal of the COAD. Not only do they accomplish this by creating these simulations of disaster situations; they also sponsor Gear Up/ Get Ready.

This program is an approach to disaster preparedness that focuses on individual, family, and organizational preparedness so that you "gear up and get ready" before the storm approaches.

Topics include making a family emergency plan, building a go-kit, being informed of emergency alerts, information and threats, special needs of children, older adults, rural vs urban preparedness and pet sheltering. Participants will receive a free kit with materials to conduct training workshops.

Check out their website: http://gearupgetready.org/

Watch the video below as Joanna Gagis speaks with Keith Adams & Michael Prasad of NJVOAD (New Jersey Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster) about preparing for emergencies in your home and in your community.
Indiana's VOAD is at http://www.invoad.com/
In the video, it is called
but it is our
When a disaster occurs, city services will be impacted, so a basic rule of thumb is for people to be able to take care of each other for 72 hours before help arrives. Being prepared for those 72 hour can have a big impact on the outcomes for you and your family. FEMA put together a plan to help you build a supply kit for your family

Visit http://www.fema.gov/disaster/4085/updates/building-supply-kit-your-family
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