What is SW MT COAD?    A man has his arm around a woman to comfort as they view their burned home.

Officially founded in June 2018, the Southwest Montana COAD (Community Organizations Active in Disasters) is an association of local organizations assisting our communities to mobilize and prepare for disasters through coordination, preparation, education, and implementation.  The COAD serves Gallatin, Madison, and Park Counties.  

The COAD is your county’s official partner for disaster fundraising, volunteer coordination, sheltering, food distribution and more.

This group of representatives from a variety of area nonprofit organizations meets monthly to plan how they will support community members. They participate in disaster simulations to test their plans. Most recently, SW MT COAD was activated for the COVID pandemic and Bridger Foothills Fire.

If your organization would like to participate in SW MT COAD, the group meets every third Wednesday at 1:00 pm at the Gallatin County Emergency Management Command Center at 219 E. Tamarack, Bozeman MT 59715. You are welcome to attend and see if this group is a good fit and how your organization might be helpful to our community before committing to join.

Your county’s Emergency Management website will have the most up-to-date information on current disasters in your area. You can find them here:


To DONATE to the SWMT Flood Relief Fund – Serving Park and Madison Counties, CLICK HERE.

Starting October 1st, 2022 the SW MT Flood Relief Fund has transitioned to a second phase of funding to address the unique needs of each community in Park County following the flood.

Phase II Priority Areas:

  • Economic Relief to North Yellowstone Communities– The SW MT Flood Relief Fund has partnered with the Yellowstone Community Fund to provide critical funding to help the communities surrounding Gardiner, Cooke City, Silver Gate, and Mammoth, WY. For more information and to apply visit: Yellowstone Community Fund
  • Nonprofit Relief and Resiliency Grants– Local nonprofits will continue to play a critical role in the long-term relief and resiliency of Park County communities for years to come. Nonprofits serving those impacted by the flood are encouraged to apply. For more information and to apply, click: Here
  • Severe Flood Damage– Many in Park County experienced physical damage to their home, business, or nonprofits from rising water. Case managers are working with previous applicants to identify increased needs. Currently, the fund is not accepting new applications for direct flood damage.

For questions about the SW MT Flood Relief Fund: Call 406-587-2194 or Email disaster-relief@greatergallatinuntitedway.org

To find out how you can assist during a disaster, (donate, volunteer, etc.) follow SW MT COAD on Facebook (@SWMTCOAD), Instagram (@SWMTCOAD), and Twitter (@SWMTCOAD).

State of Montana Resources

If your tourism-related business needs assistance, click here.

If you have lost your job due to the flooding, click here.

Click here to see the State of Montana Resources for Flooding Recovery.



COAD Member Organizations


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