Sioux Empire COAD was created in 2004 by area nonprofit organizations, in partnership with the City of Sioux Falls. The idea was to create a local network of organizations interested in disaster preparedness and response. The group acknowledged no entity, including government, could fully serve the community should a disaster occur. Instead, the group set the goal of identify and organize resources to meet disaster-related needs.
The mission of Sioux Empire Community Organizations Active in Disaster is to identify and meet disaster-related community needs.
The COAD itself does not provide services to the community. Instead, it acts as a framework for communication and collaboration, helping organizations responding to disaster maximize resources, avoid duplication of service and serve more people in need.
Meetings will take place at least twice a year, and Sioux Empire COAD members will be given opportunities for disaster training.
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