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The Dodge County COAD Council seeks to enhance citizen and community readiness through individual, organizational and business cooperation to support all-hazard preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation. We believe that the best time to train, prepare, and become acquainted with one another is prior to an actual disaster response.

It is our belief that training is a priority of a viable COAD.

COAD Definition

Dodge County COAD is an affiliation of independent voluntary agencies, groups, and businesses who provide planning, preparedness, response and recovery support for emergencies and disaster.


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Statement of Purpose
  • To recognize and network with key agencies and contacts throughout Dodge County in the field of disaster and emergency preparedness, response and recovery.
  • To maintain good working relationships and open communication with government disaster and emergency response organizations.
  • To maintain the autonomy of all collaborating agencies/groups without duplication of services.
  • To commit to the idea that the best time to train, prepare, and become acquainted with one another is prior to the actual disaster or emergency response.
  • To maintain an activation process, a command structure, and a resource identification database.
  • To establish Dodge County COAD as visible and credible participants in the disaster / emergency response arena.
  • To provide education, training and preparedness for members.
  • Mitigation, education, and outreach to the entire community through means of exercising and education programs. 
Citizen Participation

The goal is to include everyone in Dodge County and its surrounding communities and to promote the initiative and to expand the range of opportunities available to the residents of your community. Citizen participation can include:
  • Becoming better prepared and taking measures to reduce risk within their home, such as putting together a family emergency preparedness plan and kit, installing smoke detectors, or elevating electrical appliances above flood stage;
  • Being part of a Neighborhood Watch Program or group;
  • Becoming a volunteer firefighter or emergency medical technician;
  • Volunteering their particular skills to help with community risk assessment; and
  • Volunteering with community organizations already active in disaster preparedness and response.



The two definitions are very similar in purpose. The VOAD Acronym stands for VOLUNTEER Organizations Active in Disaster and COAD stands for COMMUNITY Organizations Active in Disaster. Dodge County hopes that with the Community Organization designation we will not only gain the interest of local "volunteer groups" but also gain interest and participation from businesses and Faith Based Organizations.

If you or your Organization would like more information on COAD in Dodge County Please contact Amy Nehls or call 920-386-3999

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