The State Emergency Management Agency and the American Red Cross Heart of Missouri Chapter will host an informational meeting later this week on forming a Community Organizations Active in Disaster (COAD) joint unit for Phelps and Maries counties.
The meeting will be held at 1 p.m. this Friday, Oct. 4, in the Phelps County Courthouse multi-purpose room, 200 N. Main St., Rolla. Officials will outline what a COAD is and why one is needed for Phelps and Maries counties.
The goal is to have a group of area agencies that will work together in long-term recovery efforts following a disaster.
Any organization that has a mission of helping people is encouraged to attend. Interested parties should RSVP to Phillip Iman, Red Cross disaster specialist, at Phillip.Iman@ redcross.org.