Working together: Civil Air Patrol building relationships for times of emergencies
Wisconsin: Should a disaster strike the State of Wisconsin, what would Civil Air Patrol do to help? What other groups would also participate in the effort? These questions and more were all part of a meeting held recently in Dodge County with the Community Organizations Active in Disaster (COAD).
We all know from experience with Katrina, wide spread flooding in the Midwest and the oil spill off the coast of Florida, that large disasters happen and when they do, it takes more than one agency to clean up and help our fellow citizens.
Counties around the state, such as Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD), are becoming more common place as agencies realize that planning is the key to a successful recovery. Trained first responders are generally called in first, but the realization that volunteer organizations can also be vital to the mission is prompting these organizations to be opened up to volunteer groups as well as others.
According to Emergency Management Deputy Director Amy Nehls, “We opened it up to businesses, non-profits, regular volunteer agencies, basically any agency that would be interested,” she said. “We didn’t want to just limit it to volunteer organizations. We wanted to make it a whole community thing. The whole purpose of a COAD or a VOAD is to prepare and be prepared when it comes to dealing with a disaster.”
To read more about the meeting in Dodge County, read the article recently published in the Beaver Dam Daily Citizen which was written by staff reporter, Trista Pruett. Representing Civil Air Patrol, Wisconsin Wing was Major Brian Lerwick, commander of Dodge County Flight.