Reducing the Impact of Disasters Through Education
State Information

2004 State Reports


Alabama, Virginia Morgan – Alabama has created and appreciates feedback on it. Information was provided via the Web when Hurricane Ivan came through the state.


Alaska, Linda Tannehill – At regional trainings across the state, “In Time of Need” was a day-long seminar on emergency management. To make it interesting, they included a skit with Wizard of Oz characters as disaster survivors.


Virginia, Bobby Grisso – Virginia has had multiple Presidential disaster declarations over the years. The week after Hurricane Isabelle last year, VCE had an emergency response inservice. VCE is mandated to carry out ag damage assessment. In a Virginia phone survey, 71% of respondents said they know everything they need to know about emergency preparedness and 34% do not prepare for disaster unless severe weather is headed for the area. VCE has a disaster education plan of work he’ll share. The major complaint about Web sites was too much information to dig through.


Arizona, Jim Christenson – Arizona cattle growers convinced the legislative to develop a state livestock incident response team. The first phase included 20 veterinarians who agreed to start diagnostics in the event of a livestock disaster. Four area Extension offices will work with the vets and rapidly transmit digital images.


Colorado, Scott Cotton – Colorado has put major effort into a multistate project to educate Extension agents on the Incident Command System and disaster preparedness.


Connecticut, Bruce Wilbur – Connecticut got lots of rain from the Florida hurricanes. The state now has a disaster Web site. They realize they need to personalize the information that already exists. They’re working on redundant data storage and new improvements for higher security.


Delaware, Ron Jester – The state has done a lot of work with the fire service, especially on CO2 poisoning and with the Industrial Safety Association for business emergencies.


Florida, Brenda Wiens – Extension is developing modules for the state agricultural response programs. Florida Extension hopes to survey hurricane victims to determine their level of service from Extension during and after the hurricanes.


Illinois, Glenn Seeber – Three major thrusts have been:

* bringing new staff up to speed on disaster issues

* integrating the new Web team, including Spanish materials

* developing non-Web-based programs for those who can’t access the Web.


Indiana, Steve Cain – Purdue has developed a color publication that was distributed at shelters after flooding. “Disaster Dave” is a kids’ Jeopardy-type activity on CD. Purdue also developed a Rural Security Planning publication.


Kentucky, Tom Priddy – Last year Tom reported on making the University of Kentucky StormReady. The county with the lowest tax base in the county has made the whole county StormReady. With a $1 million grant, Extension is training agents, veterinarians, public service and others on StormReady, animal disposal and other bioterrorism topics.


Louisiana, Pat Skinner – shows the storm-resistant house being built on the LSU campus. Extension is trying to have county emergency boards and county ag boards working together, especially for the ag vulnerability assessment. Extension is on the state hazard mitigation team. IT realizes Extension needs a business continuity plan. Extension has a seat at the Emergency Operations Center.


Maine, Jane Conroy – Maine has updated fact sheets on food safety and nutrition, forestry, water quality and other topics. In April, educators were trained, and they’ve revised a state manual. The family emotional impact must be supported.


Maryland, Pam King – Pam started a state Extension disaster focus team and got an ag chair at the Emergency Operations Center. Robert Halman is assigned to work on disaster education. Extension and the state Department of Agriculture have the ALERT team.


Michigan, Mark Hansen – Michigan is developing three new types of publications focusing on agricultural, community, and youth and family security. Several will be translated into Spanish through Extension en Espanol.


Mississippi, Cliff Hampton – Mississippi was affected by Hurricane Ivan, and the training they’d done through the EDEN training grant was used. A series of publications about preparing for hurricanes is developed with Emergency Management, who also helped distribute them to shelters. When severe weather is looming, the Extension home page focuses on the disaster education information.


Missouri, Eric Evans – Cooperative Extension and Continuing Education have merged. The state is still recovering from the spring 2003 tornadoes. Extension works with Community Organizations Active in Disaster. Missouri Extension works on CERT and Citizen Corps, and has hired an exercise specialist. They’re developing a public health management system and are developing a short course for elected officials. With their training grant, a CD was developed as a comprehensive manual.


Montana, Linda Williams – The state EDEN Web site has been updated. A coordinator was hired to work on emergency plans at the state’s universities. Methamphetamine awareness is a new educational effort, which includes education for schools, communities and businesses.


New Jersey, Audrey Cross – Cooperative Extension, Ag Experiment Station, seven other universities, state and local government, and the Department of Agriculture collaborated on a state conference on agrosecurity. They’ve trained livestock producers, school food service workers, health workers and others. They’ve worked with FDA to videoconference training on tracking foods through the food chain.


North Carolina, Ed Jones – Camera-ready fact sheets were developed, primarily for the media. They’re all translated into Spanish, on CD and on the Web. This especially paid off in working with the urban counties.


North Dakota, Becky Koch – The NDSU Extension Service focused on lesson plan development with support from the EDEN training grant this year. Lessons with narrated PowerPoint, leader’s guide, downloadable PowerPoint, participant handouts and evaluation are available at Extension also received a $20,000 grant from state Emergency Management to develop WMD/Hazmat Awareness for First Responders as an online training program. NDSU has a BS minor through PhD degrees in Emergency Management, and the program received funds to build an alternative state Emergency Operation Center/training center on campus. NDSU also has grant funds to study RFID tags for animal identification.


Oregon, Bill Braunworth – Oregon developed Web orientation videos on why and how Extension should be involved in emergencies, which includes the state Emergency Management director explaining who does what. A plant diagnostic specialist talks about field staff being a first responder for a plant problem.


South Carolina, Charles Privette – Clemson received Homeland Security funds to work on ag response teams in counties. Clemson, Emergency Management and other ag groups are working together on teams and plans. Training will be included, which will make others aware of plant and animal issues. Clemson is also working on a state EDEN Web page.


New York, Eric Hallman – In addition to the work described in their breakout session (see above), New York EDEN has developed partnerships statewide. This wouldn’t have been possible without the support to hire Tonya Van Slyke as EDEN manager.


Tennessee, Tim Prather – Tennessee is using the EDEN training grant to do training, and Extension led the ag vulnerability assessments. Some agents have been through ICS-100 training and been credentialed. Extension has been involved in three tabletop exercises related to animal diseases. Tim shared concern about 911 not responding when a street address isn’t available.


Utah, Clell Bagley – Utah’s main disaster is a six-year drought, yet they have flash floods. They have a Utah EDEN Web site and a task force to help county staff.


Vermont, Sam Comstock – Since Vermont doesn’t have county agents, specialists may develop 10-minute presentations that other specialists can add at the end of their educational events.


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