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
Dara Stephens, Secretary
Outreach Coordinator, Catholic Charities of Northern KS
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.