Reducing the Impact of Disasters Through Education
State Information

2010 State Reports

Alabama

Auburn University

During winter rains, links to flood preparation materials were shared with Alabama Cooperative Extension System (Alabama A&M and Auburn University) agents across the state. In addition, agents were invited to participate in EDEN flood help conference calls.

Recovery resources linked from the Tornado topic page and eXtension were shared with colleagues for distribution following a destructive tornado in the spring.

 Agents used National Preparedness Month materials in their newsletters and activities during August and September.

Tornado: Six tornadoes were confirmed in central Alabama April 24. The most significant damage occurred in Geraldine (DeKalb County) and Albertville (Marshall County). Power was reported to be out for approximately 4,000 customers in those two areas. Reports from Extension agents in other counties indicated minor damage in Walker, Sumter, Marengo, Hale, Bibb, and Fayette counties. Several homes were damaged, one poultry house in Walker County was destroyed, and trees were uprooted or snapped in each of the counties. Two regional agents assembled publications on food safety when the power goes out, chainsaw safety, insurance tips and related topics to distribute at shelter locations in Albertville and Geraldine.

Gulf of Mexico oil spill: As the oil dispersed across the Gulf, Sea Grant and Land grant agents began meeting with colleagues in the other Gulf Coast states to plan response and recovery actions.  In Alabama, agents and specialists provided cleanup up training to homeowners; seafood sensory training; financial and stress management seminars to the local communities; coordinated peer listening training sessions; and contributed to town hall meetings in several communities. Agents and specialists continue to assist in the long term recovery efforts.

The Alabama EDEN site focused for four months on the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The front page featured ongoing current situation information and linked to resources from state and federal agencies and eXtension. As the summer progressed and it became apparent that local economies were feeling the impact of severely reduced tourism and adverse perceptions regarding seafood safety, local families struggled--and continue to struggle--to put food on the table. Extension launched Friends Helping Alabama: Help Feed Our Bay Area Friends initiative to raise funds in support of the Bay Area Food Bank. This food bank supports more than 700 feeding programs in 550 agencies and serves 24 counties across three Gulf Coast states.  

Throughout the oil spill response and recovery efforts, ACES has contributed to the Gulf Coast regional task force efforts, including helping to support the use of the EDEN Intranet space allocated to the oil spill. In addition, we have coordinated the development of an oil spill community on eXtension.

Submitted by Virginia Morgan

Alaska

University of Alaska- Fairbanks

Extension professionals need a reliable resource for disaster education materials.
Throughout the year our two Alaska EDEN Delegates and the Point of Contact relayed information shared via the EDEN ListServ to their respective program area Extension Agents.
As a result of the EDEN ListServ 1) two Extension Agents reported utilizing the EDEN website for information to use for fair booths, 2)one Specialist responded to a request for information, 3) two Extension Agents contacted delegates in other states for assistance, and 4) one Extension Agent claimed to be “an extensive user of EDEN resources; at least monthly”.

 EDEN resources have been very useful for Alaska Cooperative Extension Service.


Submitted by Linda Tannehill

Arkansas

University of Arkansas

Delegates participated in the Flood Summit in Baton Rouge and learned about the roles of the LGU system in mitigating and preparing for potential flooding and for responding to flooding events. 

We developed one publication jointly with the Southern Rural Development Center -- Helping Disadvantaged Populations Prepare for Disasters:  Assessing the Efficacy of the Emergency Preparedness Demonstration Framework by Lionel Beaulieu and Deborah Tootle.

We presented findings from our research on preparing for disasters in disadvantaged communities to EDEN, FEMA, and 3 conferences for rural and community development professionals.

We prepared a series of Be Aware and Prepare factsheets on flooding, tornadoes and earthquakes.

We promoted and displayed our Disaster Handbook at two emergency preparedness fairs.

Submitted by Deborah Tootle

Colorado

Colorado State University

Colorado National Veterinary Stockpile Preparedness Plan
A local committee consisting of 10-12 people worked on the draft copy.  The committee worked eight hours today discussing FMD.  State and federal resources are likely to be inadequate.  It is important to develop partnerships.  To insure that responders get help quickly it is important to work with agencies.

S-Cap Workshops
Colorado has put together an S-Cap program.  We have had difficulty getting people to sign up.  This will be a two-day program held November 9 and 10, 2010.  It appears now that there will be ample attendance.  The goal of this program is to work with regional audiences and prepare for developing plans for the southeast area.

Forest Fires
Colorado has experienced many forest fires this year.  The elm leaf beetle has killed many trees and the lack of moisture has made environmental conditions highly susceptible.  We indentified four excellent fact sheets developed by EDEN coordinators.  We immediately put these fact sheets on the State website.  Fortunately there were limited injuries and most of the fires dried up.

Bio-Security on the Farm
In 2009, Tom McBride, the EDEN coordinator, worked with the agents and State Veterinarians’ to complete programs involving the Colorado State Fair.  CD’s were provided to all Extension agents to host programs of their own, particularly in counties that did not have a livestock agent.  A day-long program was held in February for people across the state.  These programs are still available upon request.

Bio-Security on the Farm
A second program was developed to improve bio-security on the farm.  A lot of credit goes to Andrea Husband who developed most of this program.  We included this in our livestock programs held across the state.  Each year we attempt to hold regional livestock programs, particularly with small ruminant programs.  A goal for next year will be to develop a specific program for swine, as we are having problems particularly at County Fair and at a large number weekend contests.

Submitted by Tom McBride

Connecticut

University of Connecticut

Connecticut experienced a small tornado this past year on June 24, 2010, in the city of Bridgeport, causing power outages, collapsed buildings, severed gas lines, overturned tractor trailers and more. A state of emergency was declared and the tornado was confirmed to be an EF1 tornado two days later by the National Weather Service. American Red Cross was providing emergency care in the city and said Emergency Response Vehicles were being mobilized in an effort to assist those impacted by the storm and crews working to clear damage. The path of tornado was 300 feet wide for about .15 of a mile. Wind speeds reached approximately 120 miles per hour. The rest of the damage was caused by straight line winds, approximately 60mph and up. (Compiled from News service reports.)

UCONN & the Gulf Oil Spill:

Researchers at the University of Connecticut are helping the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service determine the amount of ecological damage caused by the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Using technology and expertise found in only a few laboratories nationwide, the UCONN team is helping to assess the toxic effects of the oil on Gulf of Mexico colonial water birds (birds that nest in colonies or groups). UConn’s Center for Environmental Sciences and Engineering (CESE) is assessing small blood samples of birds sent to them through other agencies for chemical assessment. In the UConn lab, samples are tested for 16 different toxic compounds, called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, which bear the signature of Louisiana light crude, the type of oil spilled into the Gulf, and the signature of chemical dispersants used to diffuse the oil.

Because these birds often travel long distances and use many different types of habitats, a decline in their health can not only threaten their own populations, but signal degradation of entire ecosystems. The testing determines effects of short-term exposure to the oil, as the blood cells have a short lifespan of approximately 30 days. This allows the researchers to isolate blood chemicals that are a direct result of the oil spill.

In all, the laboratory will receive about 350 samples. Once all these samples are analyzed, the UConn team will work with the Biodiversity Research Institute to pair the blood toxicity levels with measurements of the birds’ general health to make predictions about the spill’s effects. The two groups will then report their results to the Fish and Wildlife Service, which will use the data to perform a natural resources damage assessment, including how much money will be needed to restore the birds’ habitat to its pre-spill state. The researchers have a narrow window of time in which to complete their surveys, since the oil signatures in the birds’ bloodstreams won’t last more than a month.

From:  UConn Today, October 18, 2010

Department of Environmental Protection Website Resource:

The State of Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection website (www.ct.gov/dep) provides current information regarding potential storm threats such as hurricanes, and how municipalities can prepare for potential disasters. In addition, individuals can access disaster preparedness or recovery resources and locate DEP contacts.  The site also provides links to the state’s Natural Disaster Plan, State Disaster Debris Management Plan, guidance documents for municipalities, and links to additional resources for the public. 

Submitted by Linda Horn

Florida

University of Florida

Deep Horizon Oil Spill
All gulf course agents were made aware of EDEN resources and many used them.  Informal tabulation has listed agents and specialists over 130 days participating in weekly Florida Sea Grant conference calls regarding oil spill (round table discussion with agents & specialists from around the state). Two 1-hour webinars were implemented Seafood Specialist and staff.  Many agents participated by  writing news releases and informational items, assisting Sea Grant office in Gainesville in gathering info for website, talking with reporters and participating in conference calls. Utilizing the core of volunteers for this event, over 100 hours were logged.

Deep Horizon Oil Spill Responses – Brief

·                     All gulf coast counties participated in county officials briefings along with emergency operations officials.

·                     (Hazardous Materials) HAZWAPER Training: Two sessions that were trained by BP Approved trainers (PEC Premier) each session help 40 people so a total of 80 people trained and certified.  Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HASWOPER) Awareness course through a cooperative effort with community partners and BP contracted trainers.  This course is 5.5 hours long and will satisfy the Hazardous Materials requirement for responders to the Deep Horizon Incident in the Gulf

·                     Training semi-r and "wet lab" for Oiled Wildlife Response particular to the Deep Horizon Incident.  This training is appropriate for all level of responders – Veterinarians, certified Veterinarian technicians and non-trained personnel.  All currently active Medical Reserve Corp., State Animal Response Teams (SART) and Veterinary Corp

·                       Since the oil spill began, about 6000 birds were found dead from Louisiana to Florida.  However, many of these birds likely died from natural causes as all dead birds found were collected, even if no oil was on the bird.  A little less than half of the dead birds had visible oil on them.  Laughing gulls, brown pelicans, and northern gannets were the most common species found with oil on them. 

As of September 23rd a total of 2076 oiled birds had been collected alive and sent to one of four rehabilitation sites along the Gulf coast.  Of those, 1226 have been released, with approximately 150 still being treated.  The majority of the birds collected were in Louisiana with 1542 live birds collected and 1101 released to date.  In Florida, the totals are 254 oiled birds collected alive and 36 released

 Why did over 70% of the birds in Louisiana recover while less than 20% survived in Florida?  Many birds in Louisiana encountered thick areas of oil and were incapable of flying almost immediately.  Crews rescued many of these birds relatively quickly, while they were still in good health.  Also, large nesting colonies that were inundated by oil in Louisiana were specifically targeted for rescue operations.  Unfortunately, by the time birds in Florida were oiled enough to not be able to fly and be caught, they were in worse physical shape and less likely to recover. 

Tri-State Bird Rescue and Research has begun the process of closing its rehabilitation sites along the Gulf coast.  Pensacola was host to the Florida rehabilitation center.  For a photographic tour of the Pensacola Oiled Wildlife Rehabilitation Center and to see how the birds were cleaned and treated, visit this link.

Created “wet lab" curriculum for Oiled Wildlife Response particular to the Deep Horizon Incident.  This training is appropriate for all level of responders – Veterinarians, certified Veterinarian technicians and non-trained personnel

All Floridians have proclaimed no Hurricanes this year for Florida!

Submitted by Robert Halman

Guam

University of Guam

Program Efforts:

Assessing and Aligning Food Security with Disaster Preparedness

This program effort seeks to align access to food (a component in Community Food Security) related to disaster preparedness.  This approach hopes to address the issues of food security for vulnerable populations as well as to begin the first preliminary assessment of Guam’s current food system.  This review attempts to address the following areas: 

·                     Food needs of the island community

·                     What groups will be impacted the most

·                     Next food source

·                     Disaster preparedness

·                     Agriculture’s contribution to food and nutrition security

Program Outreach:

EDEN outreach.   The UOG-CES EDEN arm continues to participate in year-round outreach efforts promoting the EDEN disaster preparedness agenda.  The program participated in several community displays and presentations.

Guam Highlights:

October 21, 2010- The Guam Homeland Security/Office of Civil Defense (GHS/OCD) hosted the Great Guam ShakeOut Drill localizing the Great Southern California ShakeOut drill that started in 2008.  This is a one-minute drill to simulate how to respond during an actual earthquake.  According to the GHS/OCD, interactive map over 38,000 participants took part in the Drop, Cover, and Hold On drill. 

As part of the events for National Preparedness Month, September realized several key milestones for Guam’s preparedness agenda. 

·                     On September 24, 2010 FEMA and the Government of Guam approved Guam’s Unified Response Plan to a Catastrophic Event. This plan defines the parameters of engagement for both federal and territorial agencies in a unified response to a disaster.  This plan included a dry run exercise entitled: “Typhoon Pakyo” to test the plan and adjust to the lessons learned leading to the final unified plan.

·                     On September 25, 2010- GHS/OCD sponsored its grand Finale for the 7th Annual National Preparedness Month.  This year’s theme: PLAN NOW, WORK TOGETHER. BE READY served as the key outreach event for bringing the Disaster education and outreach agenda to the community.

Governor appoints Homeland Security Interns. The GHS/OCD and the University of Guam through funding from the Pacific Basin Development Council (PBDC) participated in the Summer Institute on maritime security research at the Stevens Institute of Technology in New Jersey.  

Source: Guam Homeland Security/Office of Civil Defense

Submitted by Peter Barcinas

Hawaii

University of Hawaii at Manoa

University of Hawaii Manoa Cooperative Extension Service collaborated with the Hawaii State Civil Defense to build Hawaii’s capacity to handle agricultural issues during an emergency. Two Strengthening Community Agrosecurity Planning (S-CAP) workshops, one on Honolulu and one in Hilo reached 57 individuals. A session was held in Honolulu and the other in Hilo. Participants were provided with a manual (Tools for Community Agrosecurity Planning Teams), a copy of the State Emergency Support Function Annex #11 (Agriculture and Natural Resources) and, at the Hilo workshop, a draft of Appendix 11 (ESF #11) to the Hawaii County Emergency Operations Plan. A total of 57 individuals (35 Oahu and 22 Hilo) attended at least one day of the two-day sessions. Over 75% of the participants felt the content was relevant, credible and understandable; the training was well-organized, effective and instructors engaging. Overall, 62% and 87% of the participants stated that there was an increase in their knowledge after the Honolulu and Hilo workshops respectively.

The impact:
• The training built Hawaii’s capacity to handle agricultural issues during an emergency or disaster. Based on responses from participants, it is clear that the majority of participants have a much better understanding of some of the issues related to agricultural emergencies and disasters. There is interest in participating in a discussion-base exercise rather than in a functional/full scale exercise.
• The training did improve networking among stakeholders who can plan for and respond to emergencies, which will make it easier to respond jointly to an actual emergency or disaster. Ninety-six percent of the Honolulu participants (and 93% of the Hilo participants) indicated that training enabled them to meet and network with new individuals that will aid community emergency planning efforts in the future.
• Develop Community Agrosecurity Planning (CAP) Teams to establish or enhance agrosecurity components within existing local emergency operation plans. Seventy-seven percent of the Honolulu participants (and 83% of the Hilo participants) agreed or strongly agreed that training provided them with the tools needed to continue development of a local agricultural emergency operations plan and/or start a community agrosecurity planning (CAP) team.

As part of the response to H1N1 flu pandemic, the “Avoid the Flu” poster and “H1N1 Flu Virus: Protect Yourself, Your Community: Everyday Measures & Emergency Preparedness” brochure were developed. The Avoid the flu poster was widely distributed in the University of Hawaii system following several confirmed cases of students contracting H1N1 flu virus.

Submitted by Lynn Nakamura-Tengan

Illinois

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Three University of Illinois EDEN delegates plus an employee of the Illinois State water Survey housed on campus attended the EDEN Flood Summit held at LSU. Information shared at the summit has influenced response to an urban flood event in the Chicago area and other parts of northern Illinois in July and August. In addition the U of I participated in flood conference calls. Other resources used include Ready Business, flood information, and webinars.

While the spring 2010 river flooding was not as bad as originally feared and required no additional action, the state continues to respond to the 2008 flooding. University of Illinois staff, including EDEN delegate Carrie McKillip, have continued to work with communities affected by the severe flooding of 2008. Three counties in West Central Illinois (Mercer, Henderson, and Hancock) have received FEMA approval on multi-jurisdictional mitigation plans during 2010 with the assistance of the Extension Community Assessment and Development Services (CADS) team, while one county (Pike) is nearing completion of their plan. Another Extension program, Illinois ResourceNet (IRN) is continuing to work with jurisdictions within these counties to provide technical assistance in securing recovery funding, which was just recently released for application in Illinois. Additionally, Illinois Extension has been contracted by Illinois State Water Survey (ISWS), an Illinois Cooperating Technical Partner with FEMA, to assist with the facilitation of the Risk MAP Project in Illinois. This partnership will leverage the engineering and mapping expertise of ISWS staff with the applied research, educational, and facilitation expertise of extension staff throughout the state. An early demonstration project is currently underway in the Lower Fox Watershed in Illinois, with three more HUC-8 Watersheds due to roll out in January. Ready Business has been presented at least 18 times during 2010 by POC Rick Atterberry. 15 of those presentations were funded by the Small Business Development Center in Western Illinois. Feedback forms were collected and attendees were overwhelmingly positive and indicated they would be creating their own coop plans. SBDC has not followed up as yet. USDA Special Needs funding related to the 2008 flood events continues to be used to bolster a stock of flood recovery printed information, mold remediation DVDs, moisture meter loan pool, HazUS implementation and other material which is being stored centrally for quick response.

In addition to the flood-related activities noted above, U of I Extension participated in the Governor's Long term Flood Recovery Task Force which issued its final report to funding entity the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. This report will be one tool used by the state to assess long term efforts to address repeated flooding in several parts of the state. U of I EDEN delegate Jody Johnson was principal organizer of a multi-state all-hazard conference held in late summer in Paducah, KY. This conference was an outgrowth of the multi-state earthquake conferences in 2008 and 2009 also organized by the U of I.

 Submitted by Rick Atterberry

Indiana

Purdue University

Purdue Extension Agrosecurity Team (PEAT)
 The PEAT team continued to form and made big strides in 2010. The team hosted the EDEN S-CAP program and had representatives from eight major communities representing several million people…and several million more animals. The S-CAP program attracted a wide range of attendees including American Red Cross, emergency management, veterinarians, and Purdue Extension educators. The S-CAP program presented in Indiana re-invigorated Purdue Extension’s place in the animal issues in disaster and helped forge new ties. The S-CAP program is being pursued on a district basis in Indiana. Also, the PEAT team provided ICS training for a core group of Purdue Extension educators. It was conducted via Adobe Connect. Educators in the training took the FEMA-ICS 100 exam after the training concluded. PEAT team leaders are Curt Emanuel and Mike Schutz.

Purdue Extension Flood Mold Team
This team also came together more and for the second time received a healthy homes grant from USDA to focus on house recovery after a flood.  With new training in 2010, the Mold Team is ready to deliver training for volunteers or homeowners involved in flood recovery.  The team leaders Mary Lou Elbert and Denise Schroeder worked with Steve Cain to shoot what will be three YouTube videos aimed at helping flood survivors. The video production is almost done and should be posted by December.

COAD Development
A year ago, Indiana had no true COAD. Today they have 12 COADs in some form of development representing 23 of Indiana’s 92 counties. Steve Cain has been the lead in Indiana in helping communities understand what a Community Organizations Active in Disaster, COAD is and isn’t. The state is helping in 2011 by providing about $10,000 per community to explore COAD development.

Because of Cain’s involvement in Indiana Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster he was elected to the Board of Directors for the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster. That election took place at the annual meeting in Orlando in May of 2010.

Submitted by Steve Cain

Kansas

Kansas State University

Kansas State University hosted two EDEN-based Strengthening Community Agro-Security Planning (S-CAP) workshops in March, 2010. Training at the workshops, held in Wichita (Sedgwick Co.) and Liberal (Seward Co.) was done by the national EDEN S-CAP team. Three K-State Research and Extension educators participated in the Train-the-Trainer portion of the program. More workshops are planned for late fall, 2010 and winter, 2011. The Seward County workshop had 31 participants from 12 communities, including representatives of law enforcement agencies, USDA/APHIS, Seaboard Farms, National Beef Carriers, and Hitch Enterprises. The Sedgwick Co. workshop had 17 participants from nine communities, including representatives of the Kansas Dept. of Agriculture, county health, and county emergency coordinator.

State of Kansas climatologist Mary Knapp held two programs, drawing on EDEN disaster-preparedness materials, to inform international and other students at K-State about how weather hazards are measured/reported in the United States and what they can do to prepare. The first session had 10 students; the second had 38. A third session is planned this fall.

Mary Knapp has given six presentations around the state to various groups regarding weather and emergency preparedness, incorporating EDEN disaster preparedness materials.

 Mary Knapp also does an audio segment three times a week called “Weather Wonders.” It reaches Kansans and others via radio, the Internet and occasional print newspaper articles. About one per month is devoted to weather hazards and steps that can be taken toward mitigation.

Several times during the year, Mary Lou Peter included information about EDEN resources, including courses available for extension educators, in “The Tuesday Letter” – a newsletter that is sent to all Extension educators, specialists and administrators.

Mary Lou Peter adapted/localized the news release from EDEN’s National Preparedness Month materials to distribute to about 500 media outlets, agencies and individuals.

Vernon Turner gave a presentation at the National Extension Technology Conference regarding backing up computer systems to guard against data loss in the event of a power outage or other emergency.

Vernon Turner and Mary Lou Peter were invited to create ½ day of programming on emergency preparedness and disaster recovery for a Community Development Academy in Hays. The program drew on resources from EDEN and Michigan State University, and included a panel discussion. The panel included representatives of the Kansas Dept. of Emergency Management, USDA Rural Development, a county emergency manager and K-State Research and Extension. 

Submitted by Mary Lou Peter

Kentucky

Kentucky State University

Animal Health Network Interviews (10 June 2010)
Drs. Ken Andries, Dr. Marion Simon, Mr. Tehran Jewell, and Mr. Louie Rivers (Kentucky State University Land Grant Program), and Mr. Ed Hall (Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s Office of the Sate Veterinarian) recorded interviews for the Animal Health Network.  These interviews were forwarded to Texas A&M University for use in the Animal Health Network Project.  These interviews are on posted on the Foreign Animal Zoonotic Disease Defense Center website, which is located at http://animalhealthnetwork.org.  They were recorded by Kentucky State University’s video production staff (Mr. Dennis Thomas, Video Production Coordinator).

 1890’s FAZD Species Specific Educational Resource Teams (SSERTs) (20-22 September 2010)
Kentucky State University hosted the Foreign Animal Zoonotic Disease Defense (FAZD) Species Specific Educational Resource Teams (SSERTs) for the 1890’s Cooperative Extension Program.  The writing teams are developing fact sheets to provide advance animal biosecurity practices among small and disadvantaged livestock and poultry owners to protect U.S. food and agriculture infrastructure regarding animal disease prevention.  Twenty-nine individuals from Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, and Tennessee participated.  This project was funded by a grant from the National Center for Foreign Animal and Zoonotic Disease Defense hosted by Texas A&M University.  Kentucky State University is the lead institution in this project.

 READY 101: A Kentucky Approach to Preparing Communities for an Infectious Disease Outbreak (2009-2010)
Kentucky State University prepared and distributed 100 survival kits to community partners and families via community events over the last year; launched an H1N1 preparedness campaign on campus.  This included the placement of 42 hand sanitizing station throughout the University with educational messages targeted towards students, staff, faculty, and the general public. KSU also provided approximately 500 informational flyers to encourage families to prepare for the pandemic flu and other natural disasters.  Support for these initiatives came from Kentucky State University and in partnership with University of South Carolina through their Mobilizing Against Threats to Community Health (MATCH) Project funding by the Kellogg Foundation.

Submitted by Gae Broadwater

Maryland

University of Maryland

We have utilized the expertise of EDEN colleagues from Auburn University and South Dakota State University to develop, review, and publish 14 content pages on the Avian Influenza eXtension CoP. We sought the assistance of EDEN delegates from Auburn University in developing a Moodle course on Avian Influenza Preparedness, Response and Recovery for emergency responders. The same experts helped us develop a Quick Reference Guide on Avian Influenza Preparedness, Response, and Recovery.

We have published 14 pages of content on to the public site of the Avian Influenza eXtension CoP and started a Facebook Group to allow our content team to generate a community of interest whose members can ask questions and get timely, accurate responses, interact with one another, engage in discussions/debates about relevant topics, follow the status of the project, earn about new endeavors, and follow current news on avian influenza. We have also published over 23 Frequently Asked Questions for the Avian Influenza CoP.

Future Projects: 1. Revise EDEN Topic page to streamline and update information and verify information is consistent between EDEN Topic page and eXtension resources. All versions of pages in new system are archived thus we do have a record of work done since page launched; 2. Publish additional eXtension content pages (8) and FAQs to ensure timely, comprehensive, relevant information is available for planning, responding and recovery to a potential outbreak; 3. Launch the Backyard Flock Simulator in Second Life. The Avian Influenza Backyard Flock Simulator will allow users to virtually tour through a backyard flock, learn about avian influenza, and experience the negative affects/consequences of poor biosecurity practices; 4. Complete and launch the Moodle course on Avian Influenza Preparedness, Response, and Recovery for Emergency Responders; create additional Moodle courses on Avian Influenza Preparedness, Response, and Recovery for Backyard/Small Flock Owners and Commercial Poultry Facility Personnel; 5. Publish the AI Quick Reference Guide for Emergency Responders

Submitted by Nathaniel Tablante

Minnesota

University of Minnesota

Spring flood threats:  The Red River Valley and Minnesota River watershed were under major flood warning; MN EDEN team collaborated with North Dakota State Extension to revise and be ready to print “Picking up the Pieces” educational pamphlet should the flood waters rise.

MN EDEN team meets monthly to be proactive and responsive with education and research for disaster mitigation, prevention, planning/preparedness, response/recovery efforts.

Team Members: 

- Bob Byrnes, coordinator of MnEDEN and Extension regional director, Marshall and Hutchinson
- Julie Christensen, public relations/media manager, Extension communications and public
   relations
- Catherine Dehdashti, coordinator and writer, Extension communications and public relations
- Jessica Franken, editor, Extension Center for Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences
- Gwen Gmeinder, coordinator, MN EDEN and Extension government relations 
- Heather Lee, project manager, Extension Center for Family Development
- Rebecca Noran, assistant director and communications manager, College of Food, Agricultural
  and Natural Resource Sciences
- Phyllis A. Onstad, regional Extension educator, Family Resource Management
- Mark Seeley, professor, Extension agricultural climatologist, soil, water and climate
- Katherine Waters, Extension educator, College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource
  Sciences, and Food Science Program Leader

Food Protection Conference follow-up: MN EDEN, through Katherine Waters, conference coordinator for the Minnesota Regional Food Protection 2009 conference, was part of the Food Protection conference calls to discuss best use of materials and presentations generated from the three conferences. A conference summary will be presented to delegates at 2010 EDEN annual meeting.

Violent Storms in June: tornado assistance required in 13 counties; Extension webpage updated to aid in distribution of educational materials.

September Floods:  combination of huge rainfall totals and a very large areal extent made this episode one of the most significant "flash floods" in Minnesota's climate history;  area  encompassed over 5000 square miles in Minnesota;  22 MN counties affected.  

Actions taken to aid citizens and communities in 22 counties:

Activation of Extension’s “Extreme Weather” website for public in need of disaster educational information
- Conversion of Farm Answer Line to Flood Response line for callers
“Financial Recovery from a Disaster:  Where do I start?” publication distributed directly to disaster survivors by means of the American Red Cross emergency response vehicles within the first 48 hours of the event.  This segment provided checklists of actions to take, how to document losses, replace important papers, what to expect in the first days and weeks, etc.
Three regional Disaster Recovery Centers were established by Homeland Security Emergency Management from October 15 through the 18th.  Family Development Extension educators met with disaster survivors as they came to access federal, state, county and local resources; also provided over 200 copies of the entire toolkit to disaster survivors.  To download a copy of the toolkit go to www.extension.umn.edu/disasterresponse/
The University of Minnesota Extension and North Dakota State Extension developed a comprehensive resource for individuals and families faced with the complex and overwhelming challenge of financial recovery after a natural disaster. “Recovery After a Disaster:  The Family Financial Toolkit” was funded by a Special Needs Grant from NIFA.
Sixty-two Extension educators from Minnesota and North Dakota were trained on September 8 on the use of the financial recovery toolkit.  On September 25, a flood event impacted over 22 counties in Southern Minnesota (see above). 
“Disaster Recovery Resource Fair:  A Strategy to Provide Access and Reduce Barriers to Disaster Program Assistance” was developed as a publication in 2010 and outlines the details of successful Disaster Recovery Resource Fairs held in seven communities after a devastating flood in August of 2007.
A Disaster Recovery Resource Fair is designed as a local, “one-stop shop,” where disaster survivors can access multiple assistance programs at one location.  Local Extension personnel possess knowledge of the affected area and are uniquely positioned to facilitate this community-based approach to improve access and reduce barriers to disaster program assistance.
Find the guide “Disaster Recovery Resource Fair: a Strategy to Provide Access and Reduce Barriers to Disaster Program Assistance” at www.extension.umn.edu/disasterresponse/

 Submitted by Gwen Gmeinder

Missouri

University of Missouri

With the threat of significant flooding during the spring and summer months of 2010, EDEN states self selected together to review the roles, responsibilities and challenges of how state extension services respond to state and regional flood events during all emergency management phases.

A Flood Summit was held in March 2010, hosted by Louisiana State University. Representatives from the University of Missouri, Louisiana State University, Purdue University, University of Illinois, Iowa State University and University of Arkansas participated.  Participants represented a broad cross section of extension disciplines, including emergency management, community development, housing and environment, agriculture engineering and communications. 

The participating states had 13 presidential disaster declarations in the previous 18 months. Iowa and Missouri received presidential disaster declarations for flooding during the summer of 2010.

The objectives for the summit included:

·         A review of flooding events in participating states
·         A comparison and contrast of programmatic approaches to flooding events
·         Identification of best practices within participating states
·         Identification of the greatest challenges within states to deliver emergency management programming Development of a comprehensive report (White Paper) with recommendations for each university, USDA’s National Institute for Food and Agriculture (formerly the Cooperative States Research and Extension

Disasters and other activities:

The State of Missouri had only one major disaster declarations in FY 2010 for flooding over the summer months.  University of Missouri Community Emergency Management Program (CEMP) focused on community disaster education, development of Community Organizations Active in Disaster (COADS) and long term flood recovery issues from the summer floods of 2008.  Northwest Missouri also experienced two rounds of moderate flooding but there was no declaration.  The CEMP was also a key partner in ensuring sound public education and guidance during the fall and winter outbreak of H1N1.  The diverse nature of CEMP programming included teaching the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) course, Teen CERT programs, county-based agriculture emergency plans, participation in nuclear power plant exercises and using solar powered wildlife cameras as farm biosecurity surveillance.

 Disaster Response and Recovery:
In FY 10 the State of Missouri had no Presidential disaster declarations. In the previous six years Missouri had been devastated by natural events which received 20 Presidential disaster declarations.  MU Extension has always responded to urgent needs of communities and citizens but has created its Community Emergency Management Program to support federal, state and local efforts using only internal financial and human resources.

Work continues from the 2008 floods to relocate residents that continue to live in the flood plain. One project is the relocation of Silex in Lincoln Co. Presently over 60 households are in the process of relocating out of the flood plan. This is being done through several sources of funding including a SSBG grant and other SEMA funds.  Three COADs have been started as a result of the 2008 flooding and moderate flooding has occurred during the early summer months along the northern Missouri and Mississippi rivers.  CEMP team members are working with Holt County officials, Big Lake city representatives, Red Cross and Holt County Health department. The publication Resources for your Flooded Home is now on the Facebook page for Big Lake residents and home owners and there are already several people who have rated it as a good resource.  The team has provided the Resources packet to the Red Cross volunteers who distributed cleanup supplies.


Disaster Education:
Regional CEMP teams played key roles in providing Community Emergency Response Team (Citizen Corps-CERT) training to citizen volunteers to teach them how to support local government disaster operations. The team members across the state are also directly involved in Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPC), Community Organizations Active in Disasters (COAD), Citizen Corps programs, and Long Term Recovery Committees.  In many cases they are not only members but comprise the day-to-day leadership. 

CEMP team members distributed educational materials and provided training to daycare facilities, businesses, educational institutions and other audiences on disaster planning, response, recovery and mitigation strategies.  123 unique events with 6,171 direct contacts.

University of Missouri Extension developed a template to guide families through the process of developing a comprehensive disaster plan. The template, available for download at www.extension.missouri.edu/publications/disasterplan/, can be filled out electronically or by hand.  The Family Disaster Plan Template has received numerous kudos and fantastic feedback.  In today’s parlance it went “viral”.

 Submitted by Eric Evans

Montana

Montana State University

EDEN S-CAP
In 2010, two major opportunities were sought and secured for agrosecurity Extension activities.  MSU Extension and the Montana Agro-Emergency Preparedness Committee (MT AEPC) received $163,000 from state delegated DHS funds, primarily for a series of community and stakeholder based local agricultural emergency planning workshops; additionally, this grant will provide for professional development and agricultural sector emergency education.  Funded activities begin fall 2010 and conclude at the end of 2012.  MSU Extension and the MT AEPC hope to certify 3-4 Extension and state agency personnel as instructors in EDEN’s Securing County Agricultural Preparedness (S-CAP) program.  Montana has secured an S-CAP workshop for 2011, produced and presented by the national S-CAP team.  By building capacity and certifying additional S-CAP instructors in Montana, we hope to reproduce and utilize these workshops as our primary outreach for community agro-emergency planning around the state. 

Continuity of Operations Planning in Chouteau County, Montana
Chouteau County utilized continuity of operations information from the EDEN Ready Business curricula. Businesses and local government teamed together to address continuity of operations through a simulated power outage exercise. Participants discussed all of the ramifications and potential solutions to this emergency. Individuals identified future tasks to mitigate the impact. Represented at the exercise included elected officials, businesses, Bureau of Land Management, utilities, public health, hospital, emergency management and the faith-based volunteer network.  The exercise vividly demonstrated the importance of “Continuity of Operations” planning for all agencies and the public. To add to the realism of the exercise, a week later a severe spring snow storm did occur, but fortunately only resulted in a day long power outage.  As follow-up to the exercise, the participants will be contacted and surveyed on their emergency preparedness planning efforts. Businesses will be offered individual assistance with developing “Continuity Plans”.

Mike Vogel, the Montana State University Extension Housing and Environmental Quality Specialist is currently writing a book on disaster resistant housing. He hopes to have that published next year.

Submitted by Linda Williams

New York

Cornell University

The EDEN Listserv provides assistance: 

During the past year, there have been several instances of heavy rain falls in our state resulting in localized flooding events.  During one very heavy rain event a wastewater plant operator contacted a local Extension educator with the following information: “we had a sewer main back up and flood a parking lot via a manhole. Next to the parking lot is a medium sized vegetable garden belonging to the people living next to the lot. It was partially submerged for about an hour or so in a mixture of rain water and raw sewerage.”  The Plant operator was concerned about the safety of consuming the exposed vegetables.  The educator contacted NY EDEN and I forwarded the question to the EDEN listserv.

EDEN delegates responded promptly to the food safety issue with credible information and resources. The information and resources were relayed to the plant operator by the Extension educator, keeping the local connection intact.  This supports the opportunity for the local Extension Association to be regarded as a provider of relevant information in an emergency.

 Sharing resources through the network:

Local and regional flooding events continue to affect upstate rural areas which can be devastating to small businesses.  A new resource, “Plan Today for Tomorrow’s Flood” was recently developed at Purdue to help agricultural businesses address pre-planning, response and recovery to flooding and offered through EDEN.  The Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) Associate Director of Agriculture Programs was asked to review the resource as to its appropriateness for businesses in New York and his response was very positive.

At his request, 60 copies of the resource were ordered from Purdue and distributed to agricultural program leaders in all CCE Associations across the state, including New York City.  A letter co-signed by the Associate Director and NY EDEN coordinator accompanied the resource suggesting that the information be made available to agri-businesses in their local communities.  This example demonstrates that even though a resource is developed in a specific state, the information is relevant elsewhere which is a main goal of EDEN.

Healthy Homes: Issues and Answers:
This searchable CD has been created to provide information to help homeowners create a healthy home their families. It provides information to help determine if a home is healthy and provides educational resources to make any needed improvements. The CD also provides a list of organizations that can be contacted to get help with improvements, if necessary.

This resource was produced by Mark Pierce, Extension Associate, and Joseph Laquatra, Professor, of the Department of Design and Environmental Analysis, College of Human Ecology, Cornell University. Funding was provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development through the Healthy Homes Partnership, Auburn University, Laura B. Booth, National Coordinator.

CCE Association Emergency Management Plan:

Addressing CCE Association emergency preparedness continues to be challenging in NYS.  In an effort to facilitate the process, a basic plan template was developed a few years ago based on the Ready Business plan format.  We continued to not have compliance from all Associations, so additional measures were put in place.  (1) Having a written emergency plan that is approved by an Association’s Board of Directors is now required for re-accreditation.  (2) The emergency plan template has been added to the end of the year on-line reporting that each Association must complete.  This ensures that an Association will need to annually review their emergency plan. Full compliance will be realized within 2011.  (A copy of the template is attached.)

 Temporary Emergency Animal Sheltering Annex:

The intent of this annex is to define the organizational, operational concepts, responsibilities, and procedures to support and assist municipalities in establishing temporary emergency animal shelters for individuals with household pets and service animals.  These temporary emergency animal shelters will serve those individuals with companion or service animals who are displaced by the effects of an emergency or disaster or are seeking protection from an imminent or actual hazardous event or conditions.

NY EDEN has been part of a task force coordinated by the NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets that has developed this annex to the NYS Comprehensive Emergency Plan.  Other members include representatives from the Departments of Education and Health, APHIS, the American Red Cross and the ASPCA.

Inter-Generational Emergency Preparedness:

An Extension educator from Madison County has developed and implemented a unique emergency preparedness training program that involves RSVP (senior corps) volunteers, high school students, 4-H members and 3rd & 5th grade children.  A basic curriculum on emergency preparedness was developed using resources provided by NY EDEN and the NYS Office of Emergency Management.  The training includes defining an emergency and the steps individuals or families need to take if sheltering at home or if evacuation is necessary.  Following the train-the-trainer format, RSVP volunteers are trained and, in turn, they work with high school students in health classes who then present the information to 3rd and 5th graders to take home to their families. The program has been in place for three years and one of the major challenges has been integrating it into the public schools due to the mandated curriculum in NYS.  So far, two schools have participated in this effort.  As an alternative, the RSVP volunteers worked with a 4-H Community Service Club of 25 youth this past year.  As part of this training, the youth assembled emergency preparedness kits for the elderly and low income citizens of the county.  To date, 90 kits have been distributed through food pantries and the Health Department.  RSVP volunteers have also provided preparedness training to 20 mentors and their mentees involved in the Community Action Partnership (CAP) of Madison County. Funding for this collaborative effort by CCE Madison County and RSVP is provided through the County Office of Emergency Management.

Pandemic Preparedness: What Can Your Business Do?

This PowerPoint, adapted from the EDEN resource, Pandemic Preparedness for Business, was presented at two NYS Department of Labor’s Job Service Employer Committee workshops that were held late in late 2009.  Information was updated prior to each presentation resulting in positive responses to the workshops (98% of the participants felt the information provided was applicable to their job).

 Submitted by Ellen Abend

North Dakota

North Dakota State University

As NDSU develops information for flood preparedness and recovery in the spring, we review various resources available, including EDEN. We cooperate especially with Minnesota and share NDSU flood resources with other EDEN institutions.

North Dakota had river valley and overland flooding in much of east this spring. North Dakota has to deal with flooding so often and we have experts, so we provide a great deal of information and expertise to EDEN.

Moved flood information to a content management system for easier updating during the spring flood and have had more than 17,000 page views since Feb. 21 – see http://www.ag.ndsu.edu/flood

With a Smith-Lever Special Needs grant for flood support for rural/frontier counties:
Surveyed staff in eight rural/frontier counties about their needs and ideas
Created website with flood information specifically for staff that includes news releases that will be ready to go for the next flood and other disasters, food safety posters for volunteer feeding sites; still to come: PSA scripts on various disaster topics, recorded PowerPoints on resiliency – see http://www.ag.ndsu.edu/ext-emp/FloodInfoForEmployees.htm
Trained staff about resources over a web conference
Created flood preparedness and recovery videos: Sump Pump Tips, Plugging Home Drains to Prevent Sewage Backup, Sandbagging Safety Tips and Building a Sandbag Dike – see http://www.ag.ndsu.edu/flood

With a Smith-Lever Special Needs grant for financial support related to disasters and recovery issues, in cooperation with University of Minnesota Extension:
Trained 8 NDSU Extension agents in family financial issues  to take leadership when disaster recovery efforts are needed in the state
Held a day-long training with financial educators from both states to share ideas, learn about resources and introduce a new recovery item called the Financial Recovery from a Disaster Toolkit
All 8 NDSU  Extension agents are in the process of being certified by AFCPE as Accredited Financial Counselors (AFC) to assist  with financial recovery education and support following a disaster
The Financial Recovery from a Disaster Toolkit will be available through county offices and available online.

Provide leadership on EDEN eXtension flooding and agrosecurity CoPs – see http://www.extension.org/disasters

Developed EDEN Family Preparedness program in cooperation with Utah State and FCS Program Area Working Group – see http://eden.lsu.edu/EDENCourses/FamilyPreparedness/Pages/default.aspx

Developed Ready Business marketing video and updated program materials with NIFA Special Needs grant – see http://eden.lsu.edu/EDENCourses/ReadyBusiness/Pages/default.aspx

NDSU Extension Service became an associate member of N.D. Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster

Will have Strengthening Community Agrosecurity Planning (S-CAP) workshop Jan. 11-12, 2011, in Beulah, ND

Had a county ag agent take part in Agricultural Emergency Response Training at FEMA’s Center for Domestic Preparedness in Anniston, Alabama; EDEN POC took part in state Basic Public Information Officer training and NIMS 300 training, and served as EOC PIO during NDSU full-scale exercise

 Submitted by Becky Koch

Ohio

Ohio State University

• Ag Safety S.T.A.T., an OSU Extension electronic newsletter, is disseminated to all OSU Extension employees for regular emergency management updates; monthly articles are designed to help field staff use the information in local programming, county and commodity newsletters, and other media outlets. Ag Safety S.T.A.T. continually promotes the EDEN website as a “go to” resource for preparedness information, as well as “emergency specific” when a localized disaster occurs.   In addition, the Ag S.T.A.T. newsletter is published on the Agricultural Safety and Health Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/OSUAgSafetyandHealth, which has 102 fans, 63% being female and 35% being male.  The fans range in age from 13 to 55+ years and 13 of them are monthly active users. 

 • The EDEN website and curriculum modules are regularly shared with Extension field staff. Many staff recognize the value of these resources, not just during times of disaster, but also for educating producers and citizens on preparedness tactics. OSUE state emergency management staff use annual conferences to promote and teach professional development courses to OSUE field educators.  Business Continuity Planning education and training session is a 2010 OSU Extension pre-annual conference offering by the Department of Food, Agriculture and Biological Engineering.  The two-hour workshop will provide one-on-one assistance to Plan Owners and Plan Managers in updating their business continuity plan.   Having an updated plan increases the county office’s capacity to continue operations in the event of an emergency or disaster and therefore meet community needs, including supporting ESF 11 at the County Emergency Management Agency’s Emergency Operations Center.  All EDEN curricula are listed in the Agricultural Safety and Health Resource Catalog to cross-promote the resources and reiterate their availability and accessibility.

• The OSUE Emergency Management Planning and Education Program Coordinator participated in the first three flood series conference calls.

• In 2010, various counties were declared disaster areas due tornado damage.  Monthly emergency management communication with all extension employees kept educators informed that EDEN resources were available to assist them in programming as well as clientele support.  This increased the capacity of Ohio extension educators to seek out and locate information on the EDEN website as needed.

• In 2010, the Business Continuity Planning curriculum for Extension County Offices was listed as a Resource on the EDEN site as well as the OSU Agricultural Safety and Education website - http://agsafety.osu.edu/ash/programs/disaster_recovery.html.  The development of this curriculum was EDEN-supported and EDEN peer-reviewed.  The curriculum was distributed to all EDEN POCs at the 2009 annual meeting and postal mailed to all POCs not in attendance.

• Factsheet titled, Emergency Plans for Pets, will be published and available on http://ohioline.osu.edu/ in late 2010.

• Through the 4-H program, specifically the 4-H camp counselor orientation, over 2,000 teens receive emergency/disaster planning and first aid training to prepare them for emergency situations they could potentially face as 4-H camp counselors.

• An internal organizational webpage, http://fabe.osu.edu/empe/, was developed by the OSUE Emergency Management Planning and Education Program Coordinator to assist Plan Owners and Plan Managers in completing their plan. The page contains two components -  1) Testing and Evaluation and 2) Resources.  The Testing and Evaluation component consists of two annual reviews of all 88 county plans and Resources, including a written report of required changes for each county’s plan.  The Resources component consists of the business continuity planning curriculum, templates, an Executive Overview PowerPoint, a train-the-trainer workshop PowerPoint, as well as a Camtasia training video.

Submitted by Dr. Dee Jepsen

Oregon

Oregon State University

Coastal Catastrophic Hazards
Education about catastrophic hazards on the coast includes preparation for earthquakes, tsunamis, and global climate change impacts. Efforts in climate change preparedness include outreach regarding the observed and expected changes in local climate, and how those changes will likely impact the area. Programs include recommendations to adapt to these changes and community carbon footprint reduction.  Activities also include engaging local infrastructure and emergency managers, agency staff, and elected leaders with OSU faculty working on earthquake and tsunami science. Together they extend research based information to aid in community hazards planning and conduct educational events on tsunami preparedness and climate change. An important component of proposed research will be to conduct a socioeconomic and ecological community vulnerability analysis. This will incorporate coastal inundation probability data and community resilience data through a combination of demographic analyses, surveys, and interviews.  A robust set of policy options and management alternatives will be articulated for increasing community resilience and adaptation to hazards. (EDEN objective 1.1) 

More information: Pat Corcoran (patrick.corcoran@oregonstate.edu)
http://extension.oregonstate.edu/clatsop/staff/coastalhazards.php

Alert Evacuate and Shelter Training for Youth
Youth were involved in national Emergency Preparedness and Response Activities through GIS/GPS activities and 4-H Teen Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT). The Alert, Evacuate and Shelter (AES) program identified and trained youth/adult teams from 46 counties to use geospatial technology to map shelter locations and evacuation routes. The training began with team building activities to strengthen and build youth/adult preparedness partnerships. Program evaluations revealed a major shift in thinking about the potential for youth involvement in emergency response. Survey results immediately following trainings revealed statistically significant increases in participant knowledge of emergency preparedness. Follow-up evaluations indicated the success of this project in meeting community preparedness goals.

4-H Teen CERT continues to teach youth the skills needed to prepare for, stay safe during, and respond following a disaster. As a result of the AES program, 4-H Teen CERT has expanded to include youth in three additional states. A recent Federal Grant awarded to Oregon and Nevada will allow for five additional trainings of youth/adult teams focused on the CERT program. (EDEN objective 1.2) 

More information: Lynette Black (lynette.black@oregonstate.edu)

Plant Pest and Disease Clinic
With new tools in the lab, Diagnostic Clinic staff will be alert for a few very specific pathogens that do not occur naturally and that can cause devastating food crop losses. These may be foreign diseases for which the main food crops have no immunity, for which no control measures exist, or particularly virulent strains that can spread rapidly through the food supply. Specific training in the detection and diagnosis of pathogens important to biosecurity for faculty is ongoing. Sixty-two Master Gardeners in nine counties serve on the first detector team. The OSU Plant Clinic extended its diagnostic expertise to the state of Utah to provide continuity in monitoring for high risk pests in the course of diagnostics while key positions in that state were vacant. (EDEN objective 1.1, 3.2) 

More information: putnamm@science.oregonstate.edu

Oregon Bio-Security Education and Demonstration Program: Bovine Viral Diarrhea (BVD)

Bovine Viral Diarrhea virus (BVD) causes economic loss throughout the U.S; in Oregon alone, the annual loss is estimated to be $2,000,000. The industry has begun to pay premiums for cattle sold as BVD persistently infected (PI) free.  Consumer and market demand has created an opportunity to educate ranchers about biosecurity practices in general, using BVD as a model, with additional opportunity to increase revenue of Oregon cattle sold as BVD PI free. To date 864 producers have attended a seminar or a trade show highlighting the Oregon Biosecurity/BVD Control Program. More than 300 producers have actively collected our research and educational materials and 9,000 people have been exposed to the program via popular media. Approximately 11,250 head of cattle on 44 ranches in 16 counties have been enrolled in the OSU Biosecurity/BVD program.  Prevalence of BVD PI among all animals screened was .09%, however, 11% of screened ranches have tested positive for BVD PI.  (EDEN objective 1.1) 

More information: barbi.riggs@oregonstate.edu

Wildfire Management

·         Fire Resistant Plant Guide: 

Presentations are delivered on Principles of Hazardous Fuels Treatments to 35 tribal contractors on approaches to reducing forest fuels, and on Protecting Your Home & Property from Wildfire to 24 homeowners. Outreach has begun in underserved regions of the state. Fire-resistant Plants for Home Landscapes (PNW 590), has been published and is actively distributed, along with defensible space materials adapted from materials developed by the Alaska Wildland Fire Coordinating Group, University of Alaska Cooperative Extension and the Anchorage Fire Department.  (EDEN objective 1.1)   

·         Outcomes from a Workshop on Evaluating Methods to Predict and Assess Tree Injury from Wildfire: 

Perpetuating Old-Growth Ponderosa Pine, has been published and is in distribution and use by land managers. This work is the result of a workshop for leading scientists in which we discussed what is known and not known about fire ecology and tree physiology. (EDEN objective 1.1) 

More information: Stephen.fitzgerald@oregonstate.edu and Amyjo.Detweiler@oregonstate.edu

Spotted Wing Drosophila
Infestations of the spotted wing Drosophila fly (Diptera: Drosophilidae), an exotic pest, have been found in Oregon fruits in 13 counties. Of the 3,000 species of Drosophila, commonly known as vinegar flies, approximately 175 are known in North America. Two of these known species have been found to be harmful to crops, of which spotted wing Drosophila (SWD) is one. These flies can infest and cause a great deal of damage to ripening fruit, as opposed to the overripe and fallen fruit that are infested by most other Drosophila species.

Control recommendations to best suppress fly populations are still under development. However, two principles will be at the heart of controlling this pest regardless of crop: controlling the flies before they lay eggs, and reducing breeding sites by immediately removing and disposing of infested or leftover fruit on the plant. (EDEN objective 1.2) 

More information: Vaughn Walton, waltonv@hort.oregonstate.edu
http://oregonprogress.oregonstate.edu/summer-2010/suzukii-new-fly-ointment

Potential E. Coli and Salmonellae Contamination of Fresh Berries, Juices, and Purees
Despite the fact that low pH, high-acid foods, such as fruit, have long been considered of very low risk as a source of food poisoning, apparently acid-resistant pathogens have developed, putting the Pacific Northwest berry industry on alert. This program is assessing whether the safety of fresh berries and their juices can be compromised by acid-resistant bacterial pathogens. It has become apparent that, on one hand, American consumers demand safe food, while, on the other, they want products that are fresh, nutritious, and devoid of chemical preservatives. Herein lies the challenge: to provide safe foods that are attractive to the consumer. This is an achievable goal, but only if it is understood how foodborne pathogens enter the production-processing stream and which parameters dictate their survival. This program is working on one aspect of the goal—assuring the safety of Oregon berries.

More information: mark.daeschel@oregonstate.edu

Submitted by Bill Braunworth

Pennsylvania

Penn State University

Pennsylvania experienced numerous flooding events in which the EDEN flooding resources were promoted to Extension educators to make available to communities prior to and following flooding.

 Pennsylvania has presented 674 educational presentations with 33,934 participants, including:
·         Ready-PA, Pandemic and Disaster Preparedness for Pennsylvania’s Special Populations.  A CDC funded project. 2500 participants trained, 30 PA counties participated, 300 County-base Human Service providers trained as t-t-t.
·         Farm fire safety
·         Dealing with Emergencies; CART
·         Disaster Preparedness for Pets and Livestock-CART
·         Are you faster than a fire? Livestock version
·         Disaster preparedness for Equine owners-CART
·         Equine Barn Burn -CART
·         Pets and Wildlife in Disasters-CART
·         Animal Behavior-CART
·         Cattle movement and point of balance-CART
·         Dairy Barn Fire Evacuation and Mitigation-CART
·         Using emergency communication-CART
·         Wide vigilance –CART
·         Animal Behavior and Handling for first responders
·         Why poultry farms need a disaster plan
·         Large Animal Rescue Training
·         On-site farm assessment for AgrAbilities,
·         4-H tractor and machinery safety
·         Tractor Safety School
·         Progressive Agriculture Safety Farm Safety
·         Farm Family safety
·         National Safe Tractor and Machinery Operations Program- Amish adapted
·         Dairy animal safety
·         Manure Ventilation safety
·         Farm and Home safety
·         Farm Equipment dealer
·         PTO entanglement
·         Lawn Mower and ROPS safety
·         Ergonomics-Ag Safety
·         Pesticide safety for the entire family
·         Ag Rescue
·         Introduction to Farm Emergencies
·         Agriculture Emergencies Awareness
·         Silo Fires awareness
·         Confined spaces awareness
·         Managing Chemical emergencies
·         Managing Tractor emergencies
·         Exploding Poly tanks
·         Farm spills, spill kits, calibration
·         Face Masks
·         Exposure to toxic substances
·         Personal Protective Equipment
·         Mode of action of Biologic fungicides
·         Pesticide Record Keeping- Are you in compliance?
·         Pesticide labels
·         Spray Equipment
·         Fate of Pesticides in the Environment
·         Spray equipment


Submitted by Dave Filson

Rhode Island

University of Rhode Island

URI has utilized EDEN resources this past year for disaster mitigation, prevention, planning/preparedness, response and recovery efforts. The EDEN network is invaluable in its breadth as well as its capacity to address smaller points of concern.

URI’s Coastal Institute hosted a meeting for the cities and towns to prepare disaster mitigation plans. Meeting was joint effort with the Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency (RIEMA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

URI’s Coastal Institute hosted an emergency drill for members of the academic research community and the RI Department of Environmental Management to secure the efficacy of a memorandum of Agreement for Scientific Support of Environmental Emergency Response (SSEER). The drill was focused on hurricane preparedness.

In all cases, we have turned to EDEN resources for information and best practices.

In the spring of 2010, we had a severe flooding incident that was statewide. We employed EDEN’s listserv to seek advice on a wide array of questions to serve members of the public with inquiries as well as to inform researchers in the university community.

Submitted by Judith Swift

South Carolina

Clemson University

Clemson University Livestock-Poultry Health (CULPH) has provided preparedness training (see SC Ag-Watch described in Question #3) to South Carolina animal producers and potential animal agriculture responders on these issues:  a) foreign animal disease signs and notification procedures; b) understanding and awareness of agroterrorism; c) biosecurity procedures to use on the farm to reduce disease introduction. EDEN per se was not utilized, but Clemson Cooperative Extension Services has assisted CULPH by assembling the audience/participants for several of these trainings during the past year. (CULPH and Extension are in the same Clemson Public Service and Agriculture Division.)

In February, 2010, South Carolina was a host state for repatriation efforts for U. S. citizens fleeing the floods in Haiti. An individual Clemson Extension Agent/EDEN representative assisted at the State Emergency Operation Center for 3 days in preparation for possible processing of pets returning to the U. S.

CULPH developed and delivered the trainings described in Question #1 as part of a program called SC Ag-Watch (funded by Dept. of Homeland Security), designed to train South Carolina producers, processors, and ag responders. CULPH, with Clemson Regulatory and Public Service Programs (plant/crop/ag chemical regulatory agency) and Clemson Extension Service, along with other state agencies and individuals, developed the SC Ag-Watch Manual which accompanied these trainings.  The manual was published in late June.

 Submitted by Brian Beer

South Carolina See Grant

Thankfully it has been a slow year for hazards in SC. 

Our on-going efforts include an expansion of our rip currents awareness outreach campaign. We also continue to monitor, through our coastal processes sub-program, the state of S.C. beaches, monitoring erosion and accretion processes that affect beachfront communities.

Submitted by Robert Bacon

South Dakota

South Dakota State University

1.  Topic Pages:

     a. Pandemic Influenza -- linked on BeReadyBrookings.com web page, a page which had about 80,000 hits during the H1N1 outbreak.  The topic page was linked to the SD Department of Health Pandemic Influenza web page.  Link to EDEN eXtension COP was also on the page.
     b. Swine Influenza -- linked on BeReadyBrookings.com web page, a page which had about 80,000 hits during the reports of Swine Influenza.  
     c. Flood/Mold -- linked on BeReadyBrookings.com web page.  Combined hits to flood information in the spring and fall was about 17,000.  Pages were linked on local county emergency management web pages and the SD Department of Health. Link to EDEN eXtension COP was also on the page. 

BeReadrBrookings.com and EDEN flood resources were focus of major TV station report on preparing for the flood -- http://www.keloland.com/NewsDetail6162.cfm?Id=0,97795

After this aired twice over the weekend hits to the web page increased significantly and were also noted on the Purdue server to the First Steps to Flood Recovery Publication.

Use of EDEN -- garden produce after a flood was used statewide and picked-up by goggle form Brookings Register.

      d. West Nile Virus -- linked on BeReadyBrookings.com  and with low case number information was not accessed and most hits came at the end of the school year when teachers have been doing West Nile Virus education. 

 2.  EDEN Publications:

     a. First Steps to Flood Recovery -- 15,000 of these have been distributed statewide to county Extension offices, emergency management offices and community health offices.   The link to the publication has also been on BeReadyBrookings.com and also shared with and used by emergency management county and state officials during the Spring and Fall flooding.  Steve Cain shared during the spring flooding the greatest number of hits to this publication on the Purdue University server came from SD.  
    b. Plan Today for Tomorrow’s Flood:  A Flood Response Plan for Agricultural Retailers. These will be distributed to the county Extension and emergency management offices. 

3.  EDEN Conference Calls:

     a. Flood Calls -- participated in weekly flood calls during spring flooding and used the information learned during the call to update information on BeReadyBrookings.com.

4.  EDEN Webinar:

      a. Helped to organize and deliver the first EDEN webinar August 2009 and the topic was 2009 H1N1.  Presenters shared information on the outbreak, relation to Avian Influenza, and the developing EDEN on-line resources. 

Feedback:

I would like to commend all the team presenters for the H1N1 webinar.  You all did a great job.
This was my first experience in watching a presentation like this.  Your team planned well and delivered a tremendous amount of information in a short period of time, allowed for questions and additional input.  Thank you for the time and effort and the excellence of the information.”
Peggy H. Powell
Family & Consumer Sciences Agent
Montgomery County Extension Service

 5.  EDEN Resources:

       a. The BeReadyBrookings materials on the EDEN National Preparedness Month page have been used for disaster education both in informal and formal settings.  These materials are linked to the South Dakota Department of Health Bready SD web page. 

 6.  List-serve: 

      a. Pandemic Influenza: I sent most the updates on H1N1 to EDEN delegates and used material to update the Topic Page.  Feedback on these updates:

 “We held an EDEN workshop last week where extension professionals from 15 of the 18 1890 universities gathered to better engage with the network. One representative from Alcorn State and one from Southern University commented (separately) on the usefulness of your pandemic influenza updates.
Your work on this issue’s national stage reflects positively on South Dakota State University and the cooperative extension system as a whole.
Regards,
Bill Hoffman, National Program Leader Ag Homeland Security Plant & Animal Systems (PAS) Unit “

       b. West Nile Virus and Dengue Fever: Flooding in much of the nation and increased cases of West Nile Fever in states where it had not been before, I sent email updates or forwarded critical email alerts from CDC.  New information was added to the Topic Page.

 The finding of Dengue Fever infections in Florida, Texas, and Minnesota, some linked to travel to tropical locations prompted alerts from CDC all summer long and I shared these via the list-serve with this feedback:

 Very helpful—you do a great job! I will send out an alert to our staff and work with ANR communications on a statewide media release as well. Thanks again, Ann

 Ann Nieuwenhuis, MSU Extension
Emergency Planning Specialist
cell (269) 567-0983
email  
nieuwen1@msu.edu
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       c.  Flood information: I used the list serve several times to get answers to questions I could not find on EDEN or eXtension including most recently, how to clean a dirt crawl space after a water pipe burst.  Impact:  received call 10/20/10, the homeowner used the information to clean the crawl space and avoided "quick" fixes offered by several companies in her town and surrounding towns.

 South Dakota Flood Preparation, Response and Recovery*

E. Kim Cassel, EDEN POC (July 2010)

Situation Statement from the National Weather Service (March 5, 2010)

Soil Conditions:

Soil moisture heading into the winter before freeze-up was much above normal due to fall precipitation that was 1 to 2 inches above normal across central South Dakota.  In eastern South Dakota and west central Minnesota moisture totaled 2 to 4 inches above normal with 8 inches above normal in extreme northeast South Dakota.  Frost depths in the soil are currently running between 2 and 3 feet.

Snow Conditions: 

Snow depths range from 8 to 16 inches west of the Missouri River. From The James River Basin to the Missouri river snow depths were generally 12 to 20 inches. In northeast South Dakota and west central Minnesota snow depths ranged from around 20 to 30 inches. The water equivalent of the snow pack was generally around 3 to 6 inches.

Ice Conditions:

Following the above normal rainfall in the fall...river and stream levels were running much above normal heading into the winter. With the very cold temperatures that set in during December and very thick and solid ice formed on the rivers and streams. Ice jams are expected to be a very high concern through the rest of this winter and into early spring.

This long-range probabilistic outlook contains forecast values that are calculated using multiple season scenarios from 30 or more years of climatological data including current conditions of the
River...snow cover...and soil moisture...and the 30 to 90 day long-range outlooks of temperature and precipitation.   Additional precipitation in the future will increase the possibilities of flooding. 

April 12, 2010, Governor Rounds announced he has asked counties to assess flood damage ahead of FEMA teams visiting the state to view infrastructure and personal property damage.  This is being done in anticipation of requesting a Presidential Disaster Declaration.

University/Cooperative Extension Service is supporting the National Response Framework

The EDEN POC and Extension Veterinarian are NIMS/ICS trained courses 100, 300, and 700. 

The EDEN POC has been involved in the development of the Brookings County Pandemic Preparedness Plan and has provided the leadership for the public education committee.  The public education committee has focused on individual and family disaster preparedness.  As well, the EDEN POC position is an identified position in NIMS/ICS EOC chart, for public education and public information officer.  The EDEN POC has served as public information officer for H1N1 POD exercises.  

Disaster Preparedness Education

The South Dakota Cooperative Extension Service (SDCES) has been a partner with the Brookings Health System, Brookings County Emergency Management, the City of Brookings and the Brookings Chapter of the American Red Cross to develop a pandemic/disaster plan for Brookings County and the surrounding area.  The SDCES resources on the EDEN National Preparedness Month web page have and continue to serve as the educational foundation for individual and family preparedness.   These resources were developed from a community based needs assessment and have been vetted via tabletop and other exercises in the community.

The BeReadyBrookings  (an off-shoot of the SDCES National Preparedness web page) web page was developed and launched February 2009.  In the first 13 months, this page had more than 80,000 hits for pandemic or H1N1 preparedness information.  March 2010 the EDEN and eXtension flood resources were added to the individual and family preparedness information and in five weeks, this local site has had more than 10,500 hits.  This is a significant number of hits given the low number of citizens actually impacted by flood waters.  Statistics for the web page indicate people are visiting the disaster preparedness pages (get a kit, etc) and the flood preparation, response and recovery links and we have not had this number of hits to the page since last fall when H1N1 was at its peak.   We have hits from all over the state, emergency management, the National Guard and non-profits.   (The site was also used when we posted winter weather information for blizzard and ice storm preparation)
The Brookings County Emergency Manager shared the EDEN/eXtension flood resources with state emergency management officials and the information went directly to their IT folks for use in the local and state EOCs. 

The EDEN publication First Steps to Flood Recovery had been distributed previously in South Dakota to county Extension and Emergency Management offices.  The publication was re-ordered in 2010 and more copies distributed to flood prone areas of the state.  The audio files of this publication were posted to the web page and shared with emergency management and have been used in 2010.

This email was received from a county emergency manager April 12, 2010 regarding the EDEN/Purdue flood publication:

“Our office recently received a publication titled- First steps to flood recovery. Could we get more of these? If so please let us know if there is a charge. We would like to make this information available to the public and we only received 13 of these. Thank you for any help with this.”

René Larson, Lawrence County Emergency Management

Since 2002, SDCES has been actively involved with the South Dakota Department of Health (SD DOH) in mosquito surveillance, research and delivering West Nile Virus education to the public.  In the floods of 2007 SDCES, SD DOH, and other state and local agencies responded to concerns about West Nile Virus with research and education for the citizens and mosquito control officials.   One of the educational resources used was the EDEN West Nile Virus Topic Page and it will be used again this year as we address the concerns being raised as a result of the flooding.  We have been preparing for 2010 surveillance, research and community education and will hold a statewide conference April 20, 2010.    The research and education efforts of SDCES in the last major flooding were noted by SD Governor Mike Rounds and here is the text of a letter he sent to the SDCES team in July 2007:

“I want to take this opportunity to personally thank each one of you for your dedicated service to the state of South Dakota's West Nile Virus response effort over the past 5 years.  Whether the need is public education, mosquito control or specialized training for communities in mosquito control, the South Dakota Cooperative Extension Service has worked with the state way step of the way.

When this spring’s flooding raised additional concerns about mosquito control, SDCES once again stepped forward to help the state most effectively target the affected areas. Your expertise in this response is invaluable and we appreciate your ongoing collaboration with the Department of Health.

 SDCES continues to play an integral part in South Dakota's West Nile Virus effort. On behalf of the communities and citizens across the state, who have benefited from that effort, thank you again for your commitment and contribution to West Nile Virus prevention and control.”

Agricultural Issues Related to Spring Flooding

1.  The number of acres of crop ground flooded and those that will not be planted varies within and among counties  under the red of the flood map above.   Ag land adjacent to the James and Big Sioux River remains flooded.  Seed dealers are reporting increased demand for soybean seed as producers anticipate they will not be able to get in the fields to plant corn.  In areas where winter wheat planting was delayed due rain last fall, crop losses are anticipated.  

2.  Hay that could not be brought in due to rains in October (it rained all but one day) and snow and ice in November has been lost where fields are flooded – low lying areas or along creeks, streams and rivers.  Total dollar value of loss is not known at this time.

3.   Roads washed out or flooded have cost lost milk sales and lost livestock sales as well as hampered feed deliveries.  Some of these losses are being absorbed 100% by the producers.  In some instances they are using smaller trucks and driving long distances around flooded roads to sell livestock/milk or get feed into their operations.  Some producers sold livestock to avoid issues with flood, mud, reduced feed supplies, etc. 

4.  Calving losses and disease.  In most areas, if cows were in flood threatened areas, they were moved to higher ground to calve.  Unusual calf losses and disease have not been reported to date.

5.  Many folks in the flooded areas of the state have been driving extra miles due to road conditions.  This includes school buses, farmers, ranchers and those driving into cities and towns to work and/or do business.  There is no estimate of time lost or extra fuel dollars spent.   

To come:

1.  Actual dollar losses to people, property and ag producers will be known as we move into the planting season and FEMA does their assessment of damage.  The state did receive federal dollars for infrastructure repairs and reimbursements to some non-profits as a result of the December blizzards and January ice storm.  There were no funds given to individuals at this time. 

2. Though in many areas drying has occurred faster than people expected (we have had some very windy days) spring rains could change the landscape and bring the severe flooding that was predicted bit did not occur.  Thunderstorms are predicted this week with up to ½ inch of rain in areas that are currently having issues, thus we may not be out of the woods with respect to property damage and an increase in fields not planted this cropping year.
                 * As of April 13, 2010     
    
 Fall 2010 Flooding   

Flooding Fall 2010 has involved more personal property damage around the Brookings and SIoux Falls areas.  We have seen an increase in the number of hits to the BeReadyBrookings web page flood information, with interest in clean-up, mold and use of produce from flooded vegetable gardens.  Counties have declared disasters, waiting for the state to request Presidential disaster. 

 Pandemic Influenza

 Pandemic Influenza -- linked on BeReadyBrookings.com web page, a page which had about 80,000 hits during the H1N1 outbreak.  The topic page was linked to the SD Department of Health Pandemic Influenza web page.  Link to EDEN eXtension COP was also on the page.

 EDEN POC served as PIO at two PODS to distribute H1N1 vaccine and each person was given a magnet with the BeReadyBrookings url.  About 18,000 of the magnets have been distributed in the county and surrounding areas. 

 BeReadyBrookings web page has been used to help individuals and families plan, prepare, respond and recover from disasters. In the first 18 months the web page has had more than 115,000 hits from the local, state, region, nation and international communities.  The site was most active Fall/Winter 2009 during the H1N1 outbreak, with about 80,000 hits. 

The site has also been used for provide flood resources (SDSU, EDEN and eXtension) for the Spring flooding and Fall flooding.  The  Spring flooding brought about 12,000 hits to the page and the recent localized Fall flooding about 5, 000 hits.   

 BeReadyBrookings also provided information to the community and state residents on West Nile Virus.  SD has led the nation in West Nile Virus (incidence rate) and with flooding there was much concern this would be another bad year, but it was not.  The Culex tarasalis population did not bloom is time for sufficient amplification of the virus in birds. 

EDEN POC did a weekly 1/2 hour radio show from January to July focusing on disasters, H1N1, winter weather, tornadoes, and flood. Each week EDEN resources were highlighted.

 

Submitted by Kim Cassel

Texas

Texas A&M University

EDEN Resource Catalog – Texas AgriLife Extension Service used the EDEN Resource catalog for information on S-CAP during 2010 and shared this information with certain Extension mid-managers and regional governments.  EDEN S-CAP resource materials elevated awareness of the aim and the methods introduced by this project.  Texas AgriLife Extension Service instituted a similar process for guiding agricultural preparedness in counties across the state during 2006; therefore, S-CAP is a resource for improving our planning efforts but has not had an impact on the method by which agricultural preparedness is accomplished in Texas. 

EDEN Topic/Issue Pages – Texas AgriLife Extension Service used the Topic/Issue pages to gain awareness of ongoing flooding issues and flu preparedness.  

Resources borrowed/shared through the network –  Through the Gulf Oil Spill teleconferences, EDEN and eXtension resources were linked to make the Extension employee and public access more efficient.  National Preparedness Week resources were shared with county extension agents across the state.  Links to flooding resources were distributed to river flood prone counties as well as counties experiencing flooding that resulted from hurricanes.  Wildfire resource links were shared with counties experiencing extreme fire danger.

 Conference Calls – One Texas AgriLife Extension Service specialist joined the EDEN AgroSecurity Committee during 7 teleconference calls for planning during 2010. One specialist   joined the EDEN S-CAP planning group during 1 teleconference call and participated in the Information Clearinghouse (ICH) committee teleconferences throughout the year.  One specialist participated in Flood Resistance and Mold Prevention Webinar coordinated by NCSU on 3/30. The agency also participated in several Gulf Oil Spill task force teleconferences as well as EDEN flood conference on 3/15. 

One-on-one with other delegates or other EDEN assets – One Texas AgriLife Extension Service specialist worked with Pat Skinner of LSU on making EDEN resources more user friendly.

Event #1
Hurricane Alex and continued Rio Grande River basin flooding June 29-Aug 31, 2010

List of resources used 
• Activated 15 AgriLife Extension Headquarters Operations Center personnel to manage the agencies resources during response and recovery;
• Mobilized 12 County Extension Agents to support state and federal agencies to perform…  
…pre and post storm crop assessments;
…livestock rescue and recovery
…public information using 2000 copies of “After A Disaster” 20 bound hurricane recovery titles available at 
http://texashelp.tamu.edu/012-disaster-recovery-resources/pdf/B6203-after-a-disaster.pdf  ;
…supported post storm vector control education titles at 
 
http://texashelp.tamu.edu/001a-hot-topics/managing-mosquitoes.php ;
…supported education of families and communities regarding FEMA recovery
 individual assistance applications following Presidential Disaster Declaration.
• Mobilized 1 Extension specialist as part of the State Rapid Response Task Force and another specialist as agency liaison at the Texas Animal Health Commission Area Command. 

Impact Statement for Hurricane Alex Event  
Texas citrus producers lost some 50% of crop due to winds and lengthy flood event. The initial coastal and inland wind impact was minimal on structures but extraordinary rainfall on both Texas and Mexico sides of the border caused tributaries to flood into the Rio Grande River Basin filling dammed lakes along the tributaries and Rio Grande to historical high water levels concerning the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers about dam strength and safety.  Many incorporated and unincorporated communities along the river were evacuated for more than 6 weeks. Thousands of rangeland and cropland acres and river basin communities were flooded immediately after Hurricane Alex passed.  River authorities opened flood gates of several dams to reduce the historical pool levels in area lakes. Historically high dam releases continued until October 21, 2010 causing months of continuous flooding in and near communities along the Rio Grande river basin.

 Event #2
Tropical Storm Hermine and continuing river basin flooding

Sep 6-10, 2010

List of resources used 
• Activated 78 county Extension agents serving 52 counties  and two Extension specialists to support public information on flood mitigation and recovery;
• Activated AgriLife Communication’s news network for release of public information and educational articles for delivery via print, radio, television and websites;
• Mobilized three Sea Grant Program Agents to assess coastal enterprise infrastructure damages along the lower Texas Gulf Coast;
• Mobilized 20 County Extension Agents to support state and federal agencies to
perform…  pre and post storm crop assessments and potential threats to livestock ; 
…public information using web–based delivery of “After A Disaster” including 20 bound hurricane recovery titles available at 
http://texashelp.tamu.edu/012-disaster-recovery-resources/pdf/B6203-after-a-disaster.pdf 

Impact Statement for Tropical Storm Hermine Event 
 Rainfall covered a 100-200 mile swath for 700+ miles north through the center of Texas dumped 5-19 inches of rainfall causing extensive flooding, evacuations, structural damages and six related deaths in across the impacted portion of the state.  The rainfall delayed harvest, caused quality damage to hundreds of thousands of acres of Central Texas cotton and north Texas Corn and Sorghum.  Most South Texas crops were already harvested at the time of the storm. 

 A new Texas AgriLife Extension publication for hurricane and flood recovery is a black and white low-cost reprintable bound series of titles called After-A-Disaster.  This publlcation is available at http://texashelp.tamu.ed-/012-disaster-recovery-resources/pdf/B6203-after-a-disaster.pdf 

In 2007 Texas AgriLife Extension Service established seven (7) Incident Resource Teams (IRT) populated by approximately 88 of our 200+ Extension specialists. These specialists represent all 18 departments and units across campus and at 12 regional AgriLife Research and Extension Centers.  The primary role of IRT specialists is to develop preparedness, mitigation, response and recovery educational materials.  Secondary roles for IRT specialists are to provide county extension agent professional development, media relations support, and family, community and agricultural education that supports county programs.

 The educational resources that IRTs have published to date are available to the public and Extension professionals across the nation at http://texashelp.tamu.edu

 It is not possible for Texas EDEN delegates to determine how 600+ local extension educators utilized National EDEN resources during 2010.  On our Texas EDEN site, we have several fact sheets that we are tracking by zip code.  This allows us to see the usage, as well as what locations are utilizing the documents.  We suggest that National EDEN ask for zip codes on their website, perhaps on each major topic area.

(This involves a data base that ties the zip code to a city.  We can then map the request across the state.)

 

Submitted by Kyle Smith with support by Andy Vestal & Janie Harris

 
Prairie View A&M University

The EDEN website was shared with Extension staff members as a resource for educational programs that may be conducted in their county programs and with local audiences.  Also, educational resources and materials from the EDEN page were utilized in programming efforts in state level and county level educational programs.

Although the southern portion of the state was threatened by several storms in the Gulf of Mexico during 2010, no major incidents took place during the year.

The Cooperative Extension Program at Prairie View A&M University conducted a series of educational programs on Disaster Preparedness during 2010.  Educational programs were held both on the university campus and in several of the county offices.  A “Disaster Planning Summit” was held August 31, 2010 as a culminating event.  This program involved officials from all of the local municipalities surrounding the university.  EDEN educational materials were used with at educational activities.

Prairie View A&M University will continue to conduct Disaster Preparedness Series to assist individuals in the area.

Submitted by Nelson Daniels

Utah

Utah State University

The EDEN ListServe was used to gather materials for the FCS preparedness program.

 Impact:  The FCS Family Preparedness materials were prepared with input from many states and individuals.  This provided a good data bank to begin work with.

 Topic pages were used for disaster recovery and in planning preparedness events.

Pandemic preparedness information was used from the religious based program.

 Three Agrosecurity workshops were held in Utah using materials from EDEN at the workshop sessions.

Some wildfires have been an issue in Utah.  Not too much information is available on this topic.

We have fact sheets for each type of disaster.  I sent these to be added for the FCS program, but they have not been added.  These were well received at the NEAFCS conference a year ago and several agents have requested them.  Should I send them out or just wait?

Submitted by Carolyn Washburn

Vermont

University of Vermont

Three UVM Extension faculty (campus- and field-based) are leading a project entitled, “Costs and Challenges Associated with Developing and Implementing Community-Wide Biosecurity Plans.” Through this $471K integrated research and extension project, over the next three-and-half years, we expect to (1) Increase adoption of farm visitor record-keeping tools by increasing awareness of risk in agricultural contact networks, (2) Identify possible incentives to support protective emergency biosecurity protocols, (3) Develop a catalog of educational resources to distribute to farms and agricultural communities in the event of a highly contagious disease outbreak, and (4) Complete a farm-level cost-benefit analysis of implementing strict biosecurity in the face of a highly contagious disease outbreak. In Year 1 we have (1) recruited four case farms to participate in the project, (2) developed a "contact recall challenge" which is being conducted with the assistance of 4-H dairy youth and (3) developed a survey instrument to assess perceptions of the need for biosecurity given a hypothetical disease outbreak scenario. An advisory group consisting of the case farm owners, allied agricultural business personnel, local and state officials has been established to provide feedback and suggestions regarding project activities.

 Submitted by Julie Smith

Washington

Washington State University

1.        WSU has an established Disaster Education Committee, and has made use of several EDEN resources during the past year.  Two examples are:

a.        During a period of intense preparation and planning for a feared dam breach on the Green River in Western Washington, WSU Extension representatives worked with the Washington Emergency Management Division, the local Chambers of Commerce, and the Small Business Development Centers to assist small and medium-sized business develop Emergency Response and Business Continuity plans.  The EDEN 2009 Business Continuity Planning Curriculum and supporting materials were very useful in this effort.  Ultimately, the anticipated flooding did not occur, but the engagement positioned WSU Extension well as a resource in this arena.

b.        WSU Extension (Division of Governmental Studies and Services) Co-sponsored (with EDEN) a Strengthening Community Agro-Security Planning (S-CAP) workshop which was attended by representatives of several jurisdictions.  Four members of the WSU State EDEN group were certified as S-CAP trainers, and have been working to schedule additional sessions in the Northwest.  This workshop has resulted in continuing consulting relationships with two of the jurisdictions represented as they move forward with planning efforts.  Both jurisdictions have added SF 11 sections to their plans. 

2.        Washington has seasonal flooding and wildfire incidents every year.  The past year – due largely to weather conditions, was not as severe as recent years have been for either type of incident.  Aside from the planning and preparation for the anticipated – but not experienced – Green River flood, EDEN resources have not been used in connection with a disaster or incident in the past year.

3.        WSU is in the process of developing awareness and training materials which will be resources for agencies, businesses and individuals who wish to proactively adopt telework mechanisms as part of their Continuity of Operations planning and preparations.    Division of Governmental Studies and Services is working in collaboration with the WSU Veterinary School and the Washington Department of Agriculture to develop Washington-specific toolkit materials which can be used by local agencies, in developing ESF 11 and animals in disasters plan components. 

 Submitted by Michael J. Gaffney

Wyoming

University of Wyoming

1.             We utilized all of the flood resources we could get our hands on.
                And we also utilized Winter Survival resources.

2.             We have developed an employee link on our University Extension home page so any employee can access all EDEN information and EDEN links.
= And we developed a PowerPoint Program on Winter Preparedness and Winter Survival.

3.             We did have major floods this Spring after late wet spring snow’s melted.  But thanks to numerous reservoirs and dams additional flooding downstream were minimized and controlled.
Resources used were EDEN Flood information on how to properly clean flooded homes, water wells and cisterns.

IMPACT
By having the EDEN resources we were able to educate the Public on correct clean up and mitigation techniques to prevent serious health issues.

Submitted by Ron Cunningham

 


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