C.O.A.D. has adopted the core principles from the National V.O.A.D.
To eliminate duplication and effective resource coordination -- money, materials and manpower - in the disaster cycle (mitigation, preparation, response and recovery), the National VOAD collaborative practices the "4C's" as guiding principles for how we operate and resolve conflict:
By this we mean that we need each other; we recognize no single organization has all the answers for all the challenges that arise during disasters. We understand that our common goals for a community can be best achieved by working or acting together with a common purpose. Operationally, "cooperation" recognizes the value of working together on at least one specific delivery of service or event, distinct from the more comprehensive “coordination” principle listed below.
We treat fellow members as partners and foster a climate of openness to promote the regular sharing of information about and between our member organizations—their capacities, accomplishments, limitations and commitments. Members must develop and maintain effective channels for sharing information, listen carefully to each other, and deal openly with concerns.
Member organizations commit to working together, in a non-competitive manner, toward the goal of effective service delivery throughout the disaster cycle. Through careful planning and preparation, National VOAD member organizations form tactical partnerships to work in a coordinated, predictive fashion to more effectively utilize resources to accomplish a set of tasks.
Member organizations establish shared goals and actively work together to achieve specific goals and undertake specific projects throughout the disaster cycle. We form strategic partnerships throughout the disaster cycle.
National VOAD recognizes that these 4C's are progressive and based on building and maintaining trusting, mutually capable relationships. We promote and aspire to whole community collaborative relationships and practices throughout the disaster cycle.
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