How to Set-Up a Long-Term Drought Recovery Group – Webinar has been archived (EDEN Drought page) and the presentations are downloadable

The intended audience for this webinar is anyone interested in the process of setting up a long-term, drought recovery group whether they are from a community affected by drought or from an organization wanting to assist a community in setting up an organized, long-term drought recovery group. The audience is for those providing assistance rather than those requesting assistance. The audience will learn about resources from National VOAD and EDEN and hear points from Lutheran Disaster Response on how they have used long-term recovery groups to help in past droughts. This webinar was jointly hosted by National VOAD and EDEN (National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster and the Extension Disaster Education Network).

Opening and introduction – Bill Hoffman, USDA National Program Leader

  • Updates on VOAD Drought Task Force and EDEN Drought NEIL – Steve Cain, Indiana VOAD President and EDEN delegate
  • Resources update – Elizabeth Disco-Shearer, Texas VOAD President and member of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul- South Central Region
  • Experiences in drought long-term recovery — Joan Buchhop, Lutheran Disaster Response, North Dakota
  • Wrap up and questions – All on the above panel

Questions: Please contact Steve Cain or Abby Hostetler

Requests made before and after the webinar for additional webinars:


  • Conflicts between municipal and ag water use during drought.
  • Need funding resources for mental health response
  • Updates on new resources being shared.
  •  Explain how the National Disaster Recovery Framework is being used for drought. (This webinar is in the planning process)


Please share your suggestions for additional webinars according to the drought related needs and issues in your area. 



Drought NEIL webinars on-line: Critical Issues for the Unexpected Helper Part I & Part II

Disasters bring more than physical devastation, they also bring stress and related mental and physical illness.  And though hosted by the Drought NEIL the information presented by Sherry Nelson, LCSW and Missouri Extension Specialist is applicable to folks impacted by disasters other than drought.

The objectives of the webinar  Part I were for Extension staff to:

Identify signs/symptoms indicating stress; risk of depression & suicide.
Understand how stressors for farmers & their families are similar & how they differ from non-farmers.
Identify ways to reduce stress & when to seek professional help or refer others for professional help.
Learn about self-care tools to reduce their risk of unhealthy stress levels & its impact on their life.
Learn about national resources for help and how to identify local resources.
The objectives of the webinar Part II were for Extension Staff to:
Learn and recognize the signs of depression
Understand relationship between depression and suicide
Understand suicide risk factors specific for farmers
Understand the role we can play in preventing suicide
Learn about national resources for help and how to identify local resources
The webinar links and Resource List  may be found on the EDEN Drought Page — Individuals and Family Tab
Kim Cassel

National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters Drought and Wildfire Taskforce

Steve Cain, EDEN Homeland Security Project Director is chairing the NVOAD (National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster) Drought and Wildfire Taskforce. The taskforce is charged with identifying problems and opportunities, aligning those with the VOAD mission and designing a process of engagement for members and states.

The taskforce has four working groups, community, family and individual, farm operations, and procedural. Needs and issues being examined are :

Loss of farmers
Migrant labor
Quality degradation
Crop and livestock
Cropping shifts
Locating hay

Economic stress
Family stress
House foundations
River navigation
River and reservoir recreation
Land and community reclamation
Scarce water
Bird migration
Future mitigation
Rainwater harvesting
Population shifts
Drought long-term recovery
Wildfire long-term recovery
Emotional and spiritual care
Community development

For more information and team member directory go to the EDEN Drought Page – NVOAD .

Kim Cassel