An emergency response and recovery group that formed after severe storms hit northeast Nebraska in June of 2014 is broadening its scope.
The Northeast Nebraska Long Term Recovery Team is becoming the Northeast Nebraska COAD, or Community Organizations Active in Disaster.
Kim Schultz, emergency response coordinator at the Northeast Nebraska Public Health Department in Wayne, explains the goal.
Schultz says, “We’re trying to bring together different response and recovery agencies, all in one spot, so we can plan and share resources for the next upcoming disasters in the northeast Nebraska region.”
The group will meet next week in Wayne and Schultz hopes for a packed house.
“A successful COAD needs input and participation from voluntary agencies, non-profit agencies, government agencies, local churches, businesses and community leaders,” she says. “Anyone that has a role in community prepareness, education, response or recovery, we would value your participation at our next meeting.”
The Northeast Nebraska COAD meeting is scheduled for Monday and will be held at the Northeast Nebraska Public Health Department in Wayne.
By Jerry Oster, WNAX, Yankton