Mission, Vision and Core Functions
The Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN) is a collaborative multi-state effort by Extension Services across the country to improve the delivery of services to citizens affected by disasters.
The mission of the Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN) is to reduce the impact of disasters through research-based education.
This mission is carried out through:
- Interdisciplinary and multi-state research and education programs addressing disaster mitigation, preparation, response and recovery;
- Linkages with federal, state and local agencies and organizations;
- Anticipation of future disaster education needs and actions;
- Timely and prompt communications and delivery of information that meets audience needs;
- Credible and reliable information
EDEN is the premier provider of disaster education resources delivered through the Land Grant University system.
Communication and Networking
EDEN delegates communicate informally through a list-serv that is part of the eXtension system. The many EDEN committees and working groups (subsets of delegates) conduct their business using collaboration spaces in the EDEN Intranet, a password-protected section of this web site.
Delegates use the public portion of the EDEN website, which you are viewing now, to help Extension agents and educators find credible resources on disaster mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery that will enhance their short- and long-term programming efforts. During times of crisis, they are able to use this Web site as a communication and data-collection tool.
EDEN conducts its annual meeting in the fall. The location of the annual meeting rotates between the four regions: North Central, Southern, Western, and Northeast.
EDEN has a history of collaborating with its member institutions and other agencies. These collaborative efforts have produced such things as educational materials, learning modules, workshops and information campaigns.
Principal Support and Infrastructure
EDEN is supported by a grant from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture to Purdue University. Purdue subcontracts management and hosting of the Web site to the LSU AgCenter. The collaborative efforts mentioned under Communication and Networking, above, are principally supported using these NIFA funds.
2011 EDEN Return on Investment (pdf)
EDEN 2009-2014 Strategic Plan
CSREES EDEN Review Document (PDF, 14.8 MB)
The Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN) underwent a Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service (CSREES; now National Institute of Food and Agriculture, NIFA) program review in Washington, D.C., Feb. 11-14, 2008. This link takes you to the complete electronic version of the EDEN Review Document which was given to the CSREES review team prior to the program review taking place.
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See also the EDEN Marketing Resources page