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Southern Arizona Community Organizations Active in Disaster



SOAZCOAD is a humanitarian association of independent community organizations who may be active in all phases of disaster. Its mission is to foster efficient, streamlined service delivery to people affected by disaster, while eliminating unnecessary duplication of effort through cooperation in the four phases of disaster: preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation.


SOAZCOAD is not a competing or exclusionary organization. SOAZCOAD is intended to be a network for organizations active in disaster. Each SOAZCOAD member organization will maintain its own identity and independence while closely collaborating with other SOAZCOAD member organizations, interfaith and local, state or federal authorities.

SOAZCOAD is an umbrella organization for disaster relief organizations in all political subdivisions. It is intended to establish a minimum of three member organizations in each of the counties and to promote participation in those counties by including organizations in the surrounding unincorporated areas. Any SOAZCOAD member agency can attend any regional level SOAZCOAD meeting, as well as any meetings scheduled by their local county.


Categories of Membership

VOTING MEMBER:  Voluntary organizations that may have a national affiliation or are local to Arizona and have a stated policy of commitment of resources to meet the needs of people affected by a disaster without discrimination.

NON-VOTING MEMBER:  State and local government agencies that are responsible and would be activated in a disaster OR other organizations or corporations that provide disaster relief, response, resources or information services.


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