Welcome to CCOAD:
Chatham County had not experienced the impacts from a major natural hazard event prior to 2016. However, since 2016, this community has experienced multiple impacts from a number of hazard events. These events include Hurricane Matthew, Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Michael; tornadoes, and even winter snow storms. The impacts from these hazard events have been felt throughout Chatham County. Some of these impacts include downed trees; the flooding of homes, vehicles and businesses; downed power lines and power outages; all lasting several days to weeks.
Given the frequency of natural hazards in recent years, Chatham County needs to adequately prepare for the potential impacts of major disasters. Community wide preparedness, means Chatham County is ready to respond to and recover from these events. Being prepared requires participation from all community stakeholders, including individuals and households, non-government organizations, community based organizations and volunteer organizations.
The Chatham County Organizations Active in Disasters (CCOAD) is a volunteer organization established to encourage businesses and community leaders to collaborate, communicate and coordinate with one another before, during and after a disaster. Through CCOAD, volunteer organizations are able to communicate with one another while sharing their expertise, knowledge and best practices from previous disasters. CCOAD members work with local emergency managers and through diligent communication, cooperation and collaboration, volunteer organizations are able to provide vital information regarding assistance and various community-specific needs.
CCOAD needs members, like you, who are willing to utilize their expertise in order to help our community engage in activities that will facilitate the provision of assistance during and after any disaster. To become a member of CCOAD, please complete a Partner Memorandum (see below under "How To Join") and return it to Chelsea Sawyer at the Chatham Emergency Management Agency. We look forward to collaborating with you in hopes to make Chatham County a more prepared and resilient community.
CEDRC Executive Director