GREENFIELD — In the event of an emergency, having the right people in the right places can make all the difference.
That’s why over the course of the next year, Hancock County Emergency Management and other emergency response officials will be working together to form a COAD (Community Organizations Active in Disasters), a group aimed at streamlining response in an emergency.
In the event of a disaster, organization is critical to getting help quickly to those who need it, Emergency Management Director Larry Ervin said. Developing a COAD involves bringing agencies together to identify what expertise and resources they can contribute to the response effort.
“It’s really just about getting all these different agencies … together on the same page, talking with each other in the same room, knowing what each other’s capabilities are … so that if something bad happens, we know who to call,” he said.
The COAD already has an extensive roster, but Jim Peters, chairman of the local advisory council for the Salvation Army, said organizers are open to hearing from businesses and organizations that want to get involved.