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Community Organizations Active in Disaster

Every county in Indiana has faced 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.

IN Drought - Purdue Extension Indiana Drought Information and Resources


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)