In 2018, Manhattan experienced a major flash flood which displaced over 100 families. A Long Term Recovery Committee was born out of that disaster. That committee is now on the road to the establishment of the Wildcat Regional Community Organizations Active in Disaster (WCR-COAD) for the counties of Riley, Geary, and Pottawatomie.
The purpose and objective of WCR-COAD is to coordinate planning efforts of the many voluntary organizations responding to, preparing for, recovering from, and mitigating against disaster. It will be made up of representatives from public, private, volunteer and non-profit agencies and organizations who may be active in all phases of emergency and disaster situations.
WCR-COAD is not a competing or exclusive agency but is intended to be an umbrella organization for existing agencies throughout the region that are active in disaster response. Each member organization maintains its own identity and independence yet works closely with other agencies to improve services to survivors and eliminate duplication of efforts.
Tara Claussen, Chair
CEO Konza United Way
Julie Looper-Coates, Vice-Chair
Director, Child Care Aware of America
Rick Hernandez, Secretary
Executive Director, Flint Hills Community Clinic
American Red Cross
Boys and Girls Club of Manhattan
Catholic Charities of Northern Kansas
Childcare Aware of America
Community Care Ministries
Flint Hills Area Transportation
Flint Hills Community Clinic
Flint Hills Volunteer Center
Greater Manhattan Community Foundation
Konza United Way
Manhattan Emergency Shelter
Ogden Friendship House United Methodist Church
Pawnee Mental Health Services
St. Thomas Moore
The Salvation Army
Westview Community Church
Membership in WCR-COAD is open to organizations that will commit to providing resources to meet the needs of people affected by disaster.
If you, your business or organization is interested or would like more information in helping prepare our communities for potential emergency and disaster events, please contact us.