COAD Community Relations Committee


The purpose of the COAD Community Relations Committee is to provide assistance to communities, counties and regions in the formation of COAD, VOAD or LTRC organizations, and help such organizations to remain viable during periods between disasters.  



What are COADs, VOADs, and LTRCs? 


COAD (Community Organizations Active in Disaster) (also known as VOADs for Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster)

 A COAD is a community organization, based within a community or geographic area, made up of representatives from public, private, volunteer and nonprofit agencies and organizations who may be active in all phases of disaster: mitigation, prevention, preparedness, response and recovery.  Each COAD  in Iowa is unique, impactful, and extremely valuable to the resliency of their community.


LTRC (Long Term Recovery Committee)

LTRCs form following a disaster and focus on the recovery efforts needed for that particular disaster.  A long term recovery group (LTRG) is a cooperative body that is made up of representatives from faith-based, non-profit, government, business and other organizations working within a community to assist individuals and families as they recover from disaster.


Click here to see a current map of COAD/LTRC groups in Iowa and points of contact




Contact the COAD Community Relations Committee to learn more or request a training at