September: A Time to Remember. A Time to Prepare.

EDEN is in a lineup of National Preparedness Month partners in the Community Preparedness Webinar Series. The presentation, “Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN): Improving Disaster Preparedness through Education: An overview of the opportunities for disaster preparedness education provided by EDEN,” is September 8 at 2 pm EDT. No registration necessary to join the webinar (http://citizencorps.gov/news/webcasts.shtm). Sign in early—the webinar starts promptly on the hour!

The following post was prepared by Abby Lillpop.

September marks the tenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks in New York City, Pennsylvania, and Washington DC. September is also National Preparedness Month (NPM), and this year’s theme is “A Time to Remember. A Time to Prepare” to remember those lost in the 9/11 attacks as well as to encourage everyone to prepare now for future emergencies.

September was founded as NPM following 9/11 to increase preparedness in the U.S. It is a time to prepare yourself and those in your care for an unexpected emergency. 2011 has brought unexpected tornadoes, devastating wildfires, historic earthquakes, and flash flooding to name a few of the disasters that have affected millions this year. Each of these events proves a disaster can hit anytime, anywhere, and affect people just like you.

This September, please prepare and plan in the event you must go for three days without electricity, water service, access to a supermarket, or local services. Just follow these three steps:

  1. Get a Kit: Keep enough emergency supplies on hand for you and those in your care – water, non-perishable food, first aid, prescriptions, flashlight, and battery-powered radio – for a checklist of supplies visit Ready.gov.
  2. Make a Plan: Discuss, agree on, and document an emergency plan with those in your care. For sample plans, see Ready.gov. Work together with neighbors, colleagues and others to build community resilience.
  3. Be Informed: Free information is available to assist you from federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial resources. You can find preparedness information by:
  • Accessing EDEN.lsu.edu and/or FEMA’s Ready.gov to learn what to do before, during, and after an emergency
  • Contacting your local emergency management agency to get essential information on specific hazards to your area, local plans for shelter and evacuation, ways to get information before and during an emergency, and how to sign up for emergency alerts if they are available
  • Contacting your local firehouse and asking for a tour and information about preparedness

 EDEN has partnered with FEMA each year to promote NPM and offers resources available on the EDEN website. To help our communities prepare for disaster, consider joining the National Preparedness Month Coalition. It’s easy to join the coalition — register here. Please sign up individual colleges and their locations with EDEN as affiliation so that local communities can identify them among the college and university list and by state. The calendar for activities is also accessible from this site. You can also sign up as individuals. The daily blog is a compendium of what interested members of the public and those working on preparedness share with the list.

What activities are you planning to promote NPM?

Prepare for National Preparedness Month

Next month is the eighth presentation of National Preparedness Month (NPM) and the tenth anniversary of the New York Twin Towers destruction. To honor those who died and those who responded to the tragic event in 2001, this year’s NPM theme is “A Time to Remember. A Time to Prepare.”

To get the most benefit from FEMA’s toolkit, you must register. Becoming a coalition member is a simple process and opens the door to lots of resources. Once you’ve registered, you will have the opportunity to join your (FEMA) regional forum where you can connect with regional coalition members. This is an online discussion group that focuses on ideas and topics specific to your region.  

You can also join a national preparedness discussion. This online collaboration allows you to view, create and respond to discussions using the website or directly from your email.

Coalition members have access to customizable products, including a preparedness presentation, and a bill stuffer and posters in English and Spanish.  There are also promotional materials.

EDEN continues to partner in the campaign. Our materials are complementary to those found on the ReadyNPM site. You’ll also see two examples of member institution preparedness efforts.

 Do you have a success story or an idea for promoting preparedness? Please share it with us!

National VOAD and EDEN Partnership Signed

Guest Post by Steve Cain

EDEN reps sign NVOAD/EDEN partnership agreement
Steve Cain adds his signature

The National VOAD and EDEN took an historic step on March 15, 2011 and signed a partnership agreement. The agreement was signed by Bob Leipold, Executive Director of National VOAD and EDEN representatives Virginia Morgan, Rick Atterberry and Steve Cain at the EDEN Executive Committee’s 2011 retreat.

During his brief presentation following the signing, Bob Leipold highlighted the similarities between the two organizations. The National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster’s goal is to reduce the impact of disaster through communication, cooperation, coordination, and collaboration. The Extension Disaster Education Network’s mission is to reduce the impact of disaster through education.

EDEN Chair Virginia Morgan pointed out that the partnership recognizes the values and the system that the Extension Service brings to helping in all functions of disasters. For National VOAD, the partnership brings a valuable ally in improving knowledge so that people in the U.S. better understand disasters.

Extension, with outreach in all U.S. states and territories, and involvement in disaster issues, matches up well with the VOAD movement. Recent disasters demonstrate the need for more individual and community disaster resilience. This need influences the VOAD growth and movement at the national, state and community level. The same need drives Extension to answer the call at the same levels to help individuals and communities prepare, respond, recover and mitigate for disasters. The EDEN and National VOAD partnership makes sense. The ideas for growth in the partnership are many, and more opinions are welcomed here.