Posted on December 9th, 2022


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Featured in the NIFA Update “The Extension Disaster Education Network Helps Prepare Nation for Hurricane Season”

NIFA AUTHOR: Lori Tyler Gula, External Communications Manager

June 1st marks the official start of the Atlantic hurricane season in the United States. This year, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicts an above-average hurricane activity this year — which would make it the seventh consecutive above-average hurricane season. NOAA’s outlook for the 2022 Atlantic hurricane season, which extends from June 1 to November 30, predicts a 65% chance of an above-normal season, a 25% chance of a near-normal season and a 10% chance of a below-normal season.

At Southern University, the Extension team developed “Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Recovery: Creating a Virtual Conference for Low-Resourced Communities.” The team also recently launched its second annual webinar series, “Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Recovery Virtual Conference Series” leading into hurricane season. An e-book detailing their project can be found here.

The University of Florida developed “Harmonizing the Assessment of the Impacts of Natural Disasters to Florida Agriculture,” an online survey instrument that assists Extension educators in collecting disaster impact information that aligns with the requirements of USDA’s Farm Service Agency’s disaster declaration policy. The survey also is available in a paper format, but can be used digitally from phones and tablets in the field utilizing Qualtrics. A white paper regarding the project can be found at

Following Hurricane Harvey and Texas A&M University’s response to the disaster, including facilitating the lead on long-term recovery, the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service received state funding to create a specialized program to enhance disaster readiness in Texas. Part of the Disaster Assessment and Recovery unit, the Disaster Assessment & Recovery Teams (DARTs) are cross-disciplinary teams and focus on everything from planning to preparedness, response to recovery, and mitigation. Over the last five years of developing these teams, TAMU has seen tremendous benefit in utilizing Extension specialists who have had previous military experience. These individuals have a unique perspective when addressing disaster response.

Through a Smith-Lever Special Needs Competitive Grant titled, “Preparing Extension Employees for Emergencies and Natural Disasters,” the University of Georgia has built four geographically dispersed teams of educators to respond to disasters affecting Georgia. While similar in concept to the DARTs of TAMU, these teams work locally with Extension offices to train local educators on roles they may be asked to play during and immediately following a disaster. They also work with local offices to develop Continuity of Operations Plans.

University of Connecticut developed “Shelter from the Storm: Preparedness Education for Vulnerable Populations in Connecticut.” Supported by a Smith-Lever Special Needs Competitive Grant, the program is for those experiencing housing insecurity (homelessness, in temporary housing, or at risk of losing one’s home). This program goes to local shelters, food pantries, libraries and places where these populations frequent to provide practical information and resources on how to prepare for a storm.


USDA NIFA Live FAQ Sessions:
Rapid Response to Extreme Weather Events Across Food and Agriculture Systems

By Ashley Mueller

The Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) Rapid Response to Extreme Weather Events Across Food and Agricultural Systems (A1712) program area priority is designed to rapidly identify and implement strategies to protect the nation’s food and agricultural supply chains and the people who support them during and after extreme weather events. Applications for Extension or Integrated (research and Extension) projects must directly address the effects associated with an extreme weather event or disaster that has occurred, and applications must also address one or more of the following emphasis areas: 1) Agroecosystem Resilience, 2) Agricultural Commodity and Nutrition Security, and 3) Health, Well-Being, and Safety. Applications will be received on a continuous basis; a Letter of Intent must be submitted within 14 days of an extreme weather event or disaster. NIFA invites interested applicants to join live Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) webinars on June 14, September 14, and December 8 at 3:00 pm ET/2:00 CT to learn more about this program area priority and to meet the A1712 team. Visit the NIFA Events page to register and for details.
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Upcoming Training


Upcoming Training


Upcoming Training 

Eco-Friendly Fridays is an environmental education webinar series. Join the team for training sessions on traditional conservation topics as well as new and emerging issues in environmental education. This free virtual series offers effective best management practices (BMPs) aimed at safeguarding human, animal, and environmental health, and practical
solutions to help reduce your ecological
footprint. Whether you are an educator, an environmental professional, or a nature-lover, tune in to discover how you can become a better steward of the environment and its precious resources.
Tune in on the Second Friday of the Month!


Call for Webinar Submissions

Online learning opportunities can help Extension professionals learn about disaster resources and programs used by their colleagues, keep up-to-date on federal disaster programs, and assemble a toolbox for building disaster resilient communities. If you have a webinar proposal that you

Webinars should be developed by EDEN, by one of its state-based member Extension programs, or by one of its partners. All slidesets must be submitted to the EDEN Project Coordinator, Abby Lillpop (, at least 24 hours prior to the webinar. Follow the link below to submit your webinar proposal!


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