Morris County COAD (Community Organizations Active in Disasters)

The Morris County COAD is an organization of public, private, and not-for-profit agencies that are involved with relief, recovery, rebuilding, and community development associated with disasters affecting Morris County. The group meets quarterly and is chaired by Reverend Donald Bragg, Parsippany Presbyterian Church.

The Morris County COAD appoints two Co-Chairs, a secretary and a treasurer from its membership. Participants include:

  • Disaster relief organizations
  • Faith-based organizations
  • Fund raising organizations
  • Governmental entities
  • Service organizations

Long Term Recovery Committee

The steering committee for the Morris County COAD acts as the Morris County Long Term Recovery Committee (MCLTRC) directing this voluntary association of entities that cooperate, coordinate, collaborate and communicate to provide spiritual, emotional and physical resources to those affected by disasters in our county. The committee is prepared to address the unmet needs of the community that overwhelm the traditional disaster recovery system.

Once FEMA and insurance avenues are exhausted, the committee reviews those unmet needs, case by case, and based on established protocols makes decisions whether assistance can be provided. The MCLTRC is chaired by Reverend Paul Olsson, St. Paul Episcopal Church, Morris Plains. The steering committee meets monthly.

Participating Agencies/Organizations

  • Catholic Family and Community Services
  • Morris Habitat for Humanity
  • United Way of Northern New Jersey
  • Parsippany Presbyterian Church
  • Jacksonville Chapel
  • NJ 211
  • American Red Cross of Northern NJ
  • Morris County Department of Human Services
  • Morris County Office of Health Management
  • Morris County Office of Emergency Management
  • Morris County Flood Mitigation Program
  • Mental Health Association of Morris County
  • St. Paul Episcopal Church
  • Our Savior Lutheran Pompton Plains
  • FEMA
  • St Gregory’s Episcopal Church, Parsippany
  • NJ VOAD

The Morris County COAD came into existence in 2011 in response to the effects of Hurricane Irene. In order to facilitate the recovery response to this hurricane and future disasters affecting Morris County, the Committee has established protocols and guidelines.

The Committee is not an incorporated non-profit, rather it has developed a mechanism through which individual entities involved in disaster recovery present requests for assistance. The United Way of Northern NJ is the fiscal agent for the Committee. Case management is provided by Catholic Family and Community Services (CFCS).

To seek assistance, please call 973-334-7958.

Meeting Schedule

The next COAD meeting will be held on January 23, 2018.

All Morris County COAD meetings are held at the Parsippany Presbyterian Church, 1675 U.S. 46 East, Parsippany. Meetings begin at 10:00AM and all are welcome.