HISTORY


2011 FloodResponding to rural floods in 2003 and 2004, a small group of human service organizations met to develop a long term recovery support system for those affected by the flooding. Having completed their work to the best of their ability, this group disbanded. When massive, Broome County-wide flooding occurred in 2006, resulting in over 4,800 individual FEMA registrations, the group reformed but this time on a much larger scale. Many more organizations that offered disaster-related human services, both large and small, joined in the recovery efforts. The group became a long-term recovery committee known as Broome Area Networking in Disaster (BAND). The recovery process lasted for two years, resulting in service to 450 families and the eventual dissolution of BAND upon completion of its work.

Seeing the need for a more ongoing and permanent disaster response and preparedness organization that could address the long-term needs of Broome County in any disaster, a few dedicated servants continued their work to form what would become Broome County Community Organizations Active in Disaster (Broome County COAD). This organization was designed to work independently, under no parent agency, in order to create a collaborative effort during all phases of disaster.

Broome County COAD officially incorporated as a 501(c)3 in 2009, and assisted in the response and recovery from a shooting at the American Civic Association that same year. In 2011, Broome County COAD was once again called to service in the response and long-term recovery process from Tropical Storm Lee and Hurricane Irene. Since the September 2011 flooding, Broome County COAD has leveraged 1,700 volunteers to assist with repairs and rebuilding of 125 homes., amd volunteers have contributed more than 50,000 hours of work, with a value for their service being approximately one million dollars.