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 EDEN 2008 Annual Meeting

Burlington, Vermont

November 4 -November 7, 2008

Tuesday, November 4

PRE-MEETING TRAINING (Optional) registration required

8:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Optional in-depth training -
Professional Development
This half-day session will focus on what you can do to contribute to the EDEN-sponsored eXtension Disaster Issues Community. The community officially launched in February 2008. Now it is time to expand content and membership. You may have heard that it takes a lot of time, but you don't have to sign your life away to make a contribution to the community and to eXtension. Join us Tuesday morning to discover the possibilities!

Session facilitator: Virginia Morgan

11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.


1:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Optional in-depth training
The EDEN Strengthening Community Agrosecurity Planning (SCAP) project is developing 3-day workshops to enable local Extension personnel and other community partners to: build capacity to handle agriculture issues during an emergency or disaster, improve networking among stakeholders who can plan for and respond to emergencies, and establish or enhance agrosecurity components within existing local emergency operations plans. These pilot workshops begin in January and the project should be complete by late spring of 2009. This presentation will present an overview of the topics that will be covered in the SCAP pilot workshops, including a community vulnerability assessment; identification of capabilities, tasks, and resources; sustainability issues; and models for development of local standard operating procedures and emergency support functions for agricultural disasters at the local level.


Session facilitator: Andrea Husband

6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Welcome Social and Poster Session
- Open to all participants.


Wednesday, November 5


6:30 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.

EDEN 101
- Organizational overview.



8:00 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.

Annual Meeting Kick Off 


WELCOME from University of Vermont Extension

Becky Koch, EDEN Chair
North Dakota State Univ.

Doug Lantagne
Dean & Director of University of Vermont Extension

8:45-9:15 a.m.


9:15 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.


9:45 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

Barbara Farr, Director of Vermont Emergency Management.
Barbara was appointed Director of the Vermont Division of Emergency Management in June 2005. As prior Executive Director of the Lamoille County Planning Commission for fourteen years, she helped the county recover from a series of disasters - including catastrophic flooding in 1995, 1997 and 1998, while working closely with the state and federal emergency management agencies. She also was instrumental in securing funds through the Community Development Block Grant program and through a FEMA initiative, Project Impact, to help communities get back on their feet. Between 2000 and June 2005, she had her own consulting firm, specializing in emergency preparedness through FEMA and Homeland Security contracts. Barbara holds a Bachelors Degree from the University of New Hampshire and a Masters Degree in Environmental Law from the Vermont Law School. She has also worked for the National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences in North Carolina and conducted research at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute in Massachusetts.

10:15 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

Business Continuity Planning for Extension County Offices

To maintain operations and meet clientele needs during an emergency, Ohio State University Extension (OSUE) implemented business continuity planning (BCP) for county offices. To facilitate this process a BCP template was developed to assist field faculty in planning for the first four hours post emergency.

Scope of the Presentation: To describe the OSUE Crisis Communications Team's model and how BCP was adopted by the college and county extension offices. Presenters will share the OSUE training program, relevant resources, software templates, and lessons learned.

This CSREES Special Needs Grant project could be a model for other states seeking to assist outlying extension offices with BCP.

Dr Dee Jepsen

Aletha Reshan

10:45 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

Achieving Homeland Security Objectives Through Organizational Emphasis: An Evaluation of Impact of the University of Missouri's Community Emergency Management Program

Homeland Security Presidential Directive (HSPD) # 8 provides federal, state and local governments with the national preparedness goals and numerous methods and objectives to meet those goals. When coupled with HSPD 5 one would think that disaster preparedness at all levels would be improved significantly. But are communities, companies, organizations and families more prepared today for an emergency or disaster? What is the role of organizations that promote preparedness and do they have any impact on the local community and the unique citizens therein? This paper will evaluate the impacts of a program started at the University of Missouri and based on that data about impacts, provide recommendations for further action within groups, organizations and government agencies.

Eric Evans
Emergency Management Specialist
University of Missouri
Fire and Rescue Training Institute
240 Heinkel Bldg., 201 S. Seventh
Columbia, MO 65211
ph: 573-884-8984 / fax: 573-882-0678

11:15 a.m. - 11:45

Disaster Resistant University - Process and Outcomes of Eight Montana Campuses

With funding from FEMA, the Montana EDEN program (with campus stakeholders and advisory committees) developed Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) for eight campuses of the Montana University System to identify the hazards that each campus faces and assess the vulnerability to the potential event. This presentation will provide an overview of the process and outcomes used to develop the Pre-Disaster Mitigation plans.

For eight Montana university campuses a PDM plan was developed that included these elements:

  • The top hazards affecting the specific campus (i.e. Earthquake, Hazardous Materials, Structural Fire, Terrorism, Wind-Hail, Winter Storms-Extreme Cold)
  • Other hazards profiled but deemed to be low risk and low probability
  • The PDM Advisory Committee identified goals, objectives and projects to mitigate the

affects hazards would have on each campus. (i.e. develop a campus-wide strategy to implement non-structural mitigation practices; develop plans to prevent water damage to voice and data electronic equipment and cabling; determine need for redundant communication systems (voice, data and video) for existing buildings, new construction, and remodel projects; develop an Emergency Utilization Plan for use of campus facilities as emergency shelters; Prioritize buildings for emergency generators and install pigtail connections for mobile generator; etc.)

Dr. Michael P. Vogel
Director - Montana Extension Disaster Education Network
Montana State University Extension
102 Taylor Hall
Bozeman, Montana 59717
Phone 406-994-3451
Fax 406-994-5417

11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Working Lunch by region to discuss regional events 

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Program Committee Presentations

  • Community Development 
  • Youth
  • Agriculture
  • Family and Consumer Sciences

2:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m.


Traffic Control in Plant or Animal Quarantines

A massive quarantine for a plant or animal disease outbreak will overwhelm county, traffic-control resources. I've been on an oversight committee for a National Academies of Science, Transportation Research Board on a project called: A Guide to Emergency Quarantine and Isolation Controls of Roads in Rural Areas .

It contains a very useful training presentation and document that educators in counties can use to help county departments of transportation and other officials understand road closures and traffic control in a major quarantine.

These tools will be available to delegates at the EDEN annual meeting. 


Steve Cain

2:30- 2:45 p.m.

2:45 - 4:00 p.m.


Business Meeting

4:00 p.m.

Committee Meetings

6:00-8:00 p.m.

ECHO Aquarium
Located across the street from the hotel. A tour of all exhibits takes about 90 minutes.

Dinner on your own. There are numerous restaurants within a short walk.



Thursday, November 6


8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.


Local Speaker,

8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Using Technology to Educate Youth about Homeland Security

Tennessee State University, Cooperative Extension Program has an engagement project entitled Techno-Academy which was designed and implemented by the staff and personnel of the Agricultural Information Technology Center. Using the modules from the National Homeland Security Comprehensive Assessment Model (HLS-CAM) the students were encouraged to develop Assessment Models based on mock disaster activities.
This presentation will focus on the modules that were used in those activities and how the students implemented them in their mock activities. Some of the modules that were covered are:
1. Threat Assessment
2. "All Hazard" Threat Assessment
3. Critically Assessment
4. Community Priority Assessment Plan
5. Vulnerability Assessment
Also in this presentation we will discuss the "discovery" concept behind today's youth and how they felt about a National threat to their homeland.

E. Jenell Sargent

Jonell Hinsey

Finis Stribling II

9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.


Session 1

Ready AG: Disaster and Defense Preparedness for Production Agriculture.

A USDA-CSREES funded project.
Production agriculture is faced with serious and sometimes disastrous events that can lead to the total loss of the farm or ranch. Farmers constantly face challenges from natural causes as well as accidental or intentional incidents that can result in significant disruptions to production. Several EDEN POCs came together and are leveraging the expertise of additional Cooperative Extension professionals in the northeast to develop a set of disaster planning and continuity of operations modules for dairy, swine, poultry, fruit and vegetables. There are production similarities among commodities, but because of the uniqueness of each, commodity-specific tools have been developed. We will share the process, and the final products.


Session 2

What Families Need to Know About Pandemic Influenza

The critical role of individuals and families in controlling a pandemic cannot be overstated. Modeling of the transmission of influenza clearly illustrates the impact of one individual's behavior on the spread of disease, by showing that an infection carried by one person can be transmitted to tens or hundreds of others. For this reason, individual action is perhaps the most important element of pandemic preparedness and response. Texas AgriLife Extension Service has implemented two projects to address the problem of transmitting infectious disease. Both projects focus on individuals and families gaining knowledge and getting prepared before a pandemic hits in order to lessen the effects.

FAZD Project 10 Objective 2: Zoonotic Public Health Curriculum
The main goal of this project is to reduce the incidence of zoonotic disease in populations of minority operators and underserved populations of non-commercial animal owners through the development and distribution of a curriculum.

Quarantine and Isolation for Infectious Disease: Public Health Emergency Preparedness
The goals of this project are:

  • To increase families knowledge about personal responsibilities associated with reducing the spread of infectious disease
  • To increase families preparedness for a pandemic
  • To increase families knowledge about appropriate response actions

EDEN presentation will focus on training curriculum and resource materials provided to County Extension Agents, implementation of the projects at the local level, and results of local programs.


Ellen Abend
NY EDEN Coordinator
Cornell University
43 Warren Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853
Phone: 607-255-1597
FAX: 607-255-2231






Janie Harris
Extension Housing and Environment Specialist
Texas AgriLife Extension Service
Texas A&M University System
College Station, Texas 77843-2251


9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.


Session 1

Early Detection/Rapid Response to Foreign Animal and Zoonotic Diseases Through a County Animal Security and Health Network

EDEN has partnered with a DHS Center of Excellence to pilot test the County Animal Security and Health Network (CASHN), which utilizes feed retailers to disseminate information from the state veterinarian to underserved and non-commercial livestock and poultry owners (UNLPO). Cooperative Extension Programs at minority serving land-grant institutions (1890 and 1994) in six states lead the pilot test. Feed retailer demographics and network speed and efficiency data were collected. CASHN will be expanded state-wide in the pilot test states and will provide authorities access to a county-based communications network to reach UNLPO for prevention, mitigation, early detection, reporting, and recovery.


Session 2

Natural Disaster Resilient Homes: The Gap Between What We Need and What We Think We Need

Homes in the United States (US), and particularly in the southeastern US, are potentially subject to numerous types of natural disasters including hurricanes, floods, and earthquakes. This presentation will discuss the methodology of, and results from, a needs assessment (gap analysis) aimed to understand how the effects of natural disasters on homes could be minimized, eliminated, and/or mitigated. Our study, done in collaboration with the US Department of Homeland Security, the US Army Corps of Engineers, and other partners, shows that both research and technology transfer is needed for the benefit of all stakeholders (e.g., home owners, builders, insurers, etc.).

Tom A. "Andy" Vestal
PhD, Professor and Extension Specialist
Texas AgriLife Extension Service

Dr. Shannon H. Degenhart, Kelly J. Matthews
The National Center for Foreign Animal and Zoonotic Disease Defense; Texas AgriLife Extension Service, Texas A&M System
MS 2116 Texas A&M University
College Station, TX 77843-2116





Dr. David Tilotta
Associate Professor and Extension Specialist
Wood Products Extension
Department of Wood and Paper Science
North Carolina State University
Campus Box 8003
Raleigh, NC 27695

10:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.


10:15 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.


Session 1

Integrating Agriculture into County Emergency Response Planning

 In 2008, the University of Minnesota Extension, in conjunction with the Department of Agriculture, put together a series of "Agricultural Awareness" workshops designed to assist the agricultural and emergency response communities in integrating agriculture into emergency response plans. These workshops were the first step in creating a network between people working in emergency planning and agriculture at the county level. The 332 people who attended the workshop represented 15 federal, state and local agencies and 81of Minnesota's 87 counties. A workbook and website were created to give participants access to contacts and tools useful in emergency planning.


Session 2

Perceptions Regarding K-State Research and Extension's (KSRE) Role in Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Recovery in Kansas.

The purpose of the system/statewide census was to provide information regarding opinions of all personnel levels of KSRE regarding level of involvement in county/state-level emergency preparedness and disaster recovery efforts. Furthermore, to determine KSRE personnel's perceptions regarding the amount of support from administrators for agents/specialists to be involved in emergency preparedness and disaster recovery programming/activities. Over 80% of administration respondents see it as part of extension's role.

The KSRE census was conducted as a statewide offering Oct. 30, 2007- Dec.17, 2007.



Katherine Waters
Agricultural Safety and Health
College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resources Sciences
University of Minnesota
219 Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering
1390 Eckles
St. Paul, MN 55108-6005
Office: 612-525-1743
Fax: 612-624-3005




Mary Lou Peter-Blecha, News Coordinator, K-State Research and Extension

Marcus Ashlock,
Assistant Professor of Agricultural Communications.
Kansas State University
111 Umberger Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506
ph: 785-532-1164 / fax: 785-532-6458

10:45 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.


Session 1

Storms Over the Urban Forest

Federal and State Forestry Agencies are working to expand, improve and protect trees and forests in urban areas in order to improve quality of life for urban residents. A key aspect of this effort is preparing for natural disasters and the damage they do to urban trees. This presentation will summarize issues to consider in preparing for storm damage to trees, and will present resources and tools developed recently to help communities prepare for, respond to, and mitigate storm damage to urban trees. Some of these resources include a storm damage assessment software tool, a storm response strike team initiative, a community preparedness worksheet and a risk tree assessment process.

Session 2

Experiences in eXtension

All new endeavors have growing pains. eXtension is an educational partnership of more than 70 universities designed to help people improve their lives every day with 24/7/365 access to objective, research-based information and educational opportunities through websites on a variety of topics. Extension faculty are being encouraged to participate in the system's development and EDEN has been one of the pioneer "Communities of Practice". But how does the development of eXtension products fit into the already busy schedules of Extension professionals. What processes and resources might we need to develop to help move this effort forward?



John E. Parry
USDA Forest Service
271 Mast Rd.
Durham, NH 03824
Phone: 603-868-7688, FAX 603-868-7604






Pamela B. King
Extension Agent- Agriculture & Natural Resources
Co-Coordinator- Center for Agrosecurity & Emergency Management
9375 Chesapeake Street #119
La Plata, Maryland 20646
Phone: 301-934-5403; 301-753-8195
Fax: 301-753-1857

11:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.


Session 1

West Nile Virus: Research and Outreach for Targeted Mosquito Control Programs to Safe Guard Public Health

For several years, South Dakota has led the nation in incidence rate of West Nile Virus. Through a partnership with the South Dakota Department of Health and the South Dakota Department of Agriculture, SDSU research has shown Culex tarsalis is the primary vector for the disease in the Dakotas, it winters over, thrives in irrigation pits and fresh water. This research has been used to plan targeted public education programs and community mosquito control programs, to reduce risk of the disease especially after the 2007 floods.


Session 2

Prepare, Endure, Recover: Disaster Management for Older Adults

In New Orleans, more than 71 percent of those who died because of hurricane Katrina were over age 65.
This management program will enable older adults to make informed, timely decisions regarding their nutritional, emotional, housing and financial needs before, during and after disasters. This multi-disciplinary program is applicable to the regional needs of this demographic and will be distributed through EDEN and disseminated among county Extension agents.


E. Kim Cassel
Professor/EDEN Extension Specialist
Suite 201
815 Medary Ave.
Brookings, SD 57006






Carolyn S. Wilken
Extension Specialist, Gerontology
University of Florida
PO Box 110310
Gainesville, FL 32611
ph: 352-392-2201 X303 / fax: 352-392-1896

Deborah Thomason
Ph.D. Clemson

Sarah Kirby

Andrew Crocker
MS, Texas A&M

Claudia Adrian, UF

11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.


1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.


Session 1

Developing a Collaborative Multi-Agency GIS System

Many different public agencies can benefit from a Geographic Information System (GIS). Examples include law enforcement (911), public planning, fire services, tax appraisal, etc. Although these are different agencies with vastly different roles, they share in common many of the same mapping information needs. What often results, though, is many public agencies purchasing identical software platforms and mapping data sets at potentially a huge waste of public funds. This presentation will demonstrate how Brown County Kansas overcame this problem and developed a collaborative multi-agency GIS system that serves the needs of many different users at a significant financial savings.


Session 2

The Power of Youth in Emergency Preparedness

Teens across the nation help their communities prepare for disasters through the 4-H Teen Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and the Alert, Evacuate and Shelter (AES) programs. These programs have trained hundreds of youth/adult teams to assist community professionals through preparedness and mitigation presentations, disaster response training and the development of emergency resource maps.

This workshop shares how these two valuable disaster preparedness trainings have elevated emergency preparedness in communities and developed important partnerships while engaging youth and adults in their communities. Workshop participants will receive a copy of the 4-H Teen CERT curriculum, support materials, and disaster preparedness references.


Stephen C. Brown
District Agriculture Agent
University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service
Palmer, Alaska








Lynette Black
Oregon State University, Wasco County Extension Service

Pamela Powell
University of Nevada
Churchill County Extension Educator

1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Exploring VOAD and EDEN Partnerships

Lura J. Cayton
Emergency Response Specialist
Church World Services Emergency Response Program

2:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.


2:45 p.m.

Business and Committee Reports




Friday, November 7   Post-Meeting Tour (Optional)


Leave hotel at 8:30 a.m. for Proctor Maple Research Center, arrive at 9:15-9:30.

  • Presentation on Global Warming research and its impacts on maple production, as well as aftermath of the '98 Ice Storm.
  • Sugarhouse & new research facility tour.
  • Woods tour, showing tubing layout, explaining the tapping process, sap collection, etc.

Bag lunch at research center.

12:40 p.m. depart center for Lake Champlain Chocolate Factory

(We will be passing by the airport at about 1:15 p.m.)

1:30 p.m. Tour Lake Champlain Chocolate Factory, discuss their experience with Ag And Food Vulnerability Assessment Training.

By 3 p.m. return to hotel (airport drop-off possible)

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