The RV COAD recognizes and supports the right of each member organization and affiliate committee or group to make autonomous decisions affecting their organization with due consideration of roles, responsibilities and expectations worked out through RVCOAD participation.
The RV COAD provides a forum to address community readiness, training and exercise to better and more effectively respond and recover from emergencies.
RVCOAD is governed by a Steering Committee with Chair, Vice Chair and Secretary elected by the membership within the voting structure and interim committee members and officers are elected by the committee between elections.
Work is carried out by workgroups: Communications Infrastructure, Membership, Marketing and Operations. Each is led by a Chair appointed by the Steering Committee.
Quarterly General Meetings are hybrid – both in-person and virtual.
The Steering Committee meets monthly.
Contact RVCOAD by email at RVCOAD@gmail.com.
RVCOAD was founded in 2006 by Paul Robinson during the tenure of Jackson County Emergency Manager, Mike Curry. Paul brought with him experience in RiverNet, a group brought together after the Ashland flood of 1997. After the disastrous floodwaters receded, this group rose to meet the need for a coordinated effort to distribute funds that charitable groups, mostly faith based, had made available to help survivors who had suffered property loss or damage. People’s requests were brought before this Unmet Needs Committee, considered, and one or more of those at the table would opt to put their funds toward that cause.
As RVCOAD continued to work with Mike Curry, it was recognized that our community could benefit by strengthening and drawing community organizations together and coordinating resources toward a more efficient response to a local disaster.
In 2017 a major push was undertaken to strengthen the RVCOAD, which enabled a coordinated immediate response to the Labor Day fires in 2020. There is plenty of work ahead – we hope you’ll join us!