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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

Open Position, Vice-Chair

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

Shepherd's Crossing

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.

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