Reducing the Impact of Disasters Through Education
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Cataloged Resources

EDEN's Catalog of Extension Resources members to categorizing the resource by the activity that it describes or the phase in which the activity occurs. The lines between these phases can be fuzzy. To provide some degree of uniformity and assist users in extracting resources that meet their needs, a brief explanation is provided with each Disaster Phase or Activity below. Click the headings below to see resources in our catalog associated with each Phase or Activity.

Being Prepared

Activities that keep the family/community generally ready to deal with hazards and technological failures, whether caused naturally or intentionally. Examples include:

  • Family preparedness planning
  • Assembling emergency/disaster supply kits
  • Training and exercising response plans

Mitigating (Reducing Vulnerability)

These are actions that lead to long-term reduction in risk or susceptibility to damage in future hazardous events. The interest in mitigation is usually most intense immediately after an event, but the actions themselves will take time to implement. Last-minute, short-term actions to reduce damage (shuttering, sandbagging) should be categorized as Responding.

  • Buying hazard insurance (reducing economic vulnerability)
  • Building permanent levees and floodwalls
  • Elevating buildings
  • Improving Drainage
  • Reforesting
  • Bulk-heading
  • Securing bookshelves/walls/foundation/roofs
  • Installing hazard-warning systems
  • Installing farm biosecurity measures
  • Mitigation Planning
  • Educating, increasing awareness

Responding (includes emergency preparation)

Generally speaking, these are the actions taken when the threat is very near or the event is underway. Examples include:

  • Activating response teams and operations centers
  • Boarding, sandbagging, lashing down
  • Sheltering-in-Place
  • Confining Animals to Barns
  • Evacuating (people, animals, the fleet)
  • Drought-coping activities (alternate feed, water)
  • Harvesting to avoid loss
  • Using Standby Power for Milking/Drying


When the storm has passed, earth stopped shaking, or epidemic is over, there is much to do. Examples include:

  • Staying safe and healthy in a disaster area
  • Cleaning up
  • Dealing with stress
  • Getting financial assistance
  • Finding work
  • Repairing/restoring buildings (home or office)
  • Reestablishing the lawn/garden/field/landscape
  • Restocking animals
  • Restoring/recovering data
  • Restoring credibility of the food supply
  • Regaining business markets/clientele

Last Updated:11/17/2013 1:45 PM

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