Posted on December 9th, 2022


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National Preparedness Month


September is National Preparedness Month! National Preparedness Month is an excellent chance to raise awareness about the importance of being prepared for disasters and emergencies. National Preparedness Month encourages Americans to prepare for disasters or emergencies not just in their homes, but in their businesses and communities as well.
This September, take time to help others learn about disaster preparation to reduce risks to health and the environment. Share your preparedness skills, training and research to promote active planning and preparedness. Check out resources for National Preparedness Month on Ready.Gov and EDEN’s Resource Dashboard to learn more about proper preparation.



The 2022 National Association of County Agricultural Agents (NACAA) Conference was held July 17th-22nd in West Palm Beach, Florida. The NACAA is a professional Extension organization geared toward Extension educators and other professionals who work in agriculture, horticulture, forestry and natural resources, 4-H youth development, community development, administration, aquaculture and Sea Grant, and related disciplines. Florida EDEN attended the conference. Angie Lindsay, EDEN Secretary and University of Florida Associate Professor, Dept. of Family, Youth & Community Sciences, reported that there were many positive connections made, with several educators expressing interest in EDEN and becoming a delegate.




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EDEN Member’s Study Published: “Rural Older Adults in Disasters: A Study of Recovery”

Dreamal L. Worthen of Florida A&M University and member of EDEN’s 1890’s Advisory Council, contributed to a recently published study, titled “Rural Older Adults in Disasters: A Study of Recovery” (Fletcher, et al., 2022). Published in Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness, the study “aims for a greater understanding of how older adults (age 65 and older) in Jackson County, Florida, are prepared for and cope with the effects of a natural disaster.” (Fletcher, et al., 2022)

The study was comprised of an international, multi-disciplinary team, who created and administered a survey with older adults in Jackson County, Florida, following Hurricane Michael in 2018. The survey examined three components: resources available to individuals age 65+ in rural communities for preparing for a disaster; challenges they face when experiencing a disaster; and their physical, social, emotional, and financial needs when it strikes.

The results of the study indicated that “rural community-dwelling older adults rely on social support, community organizations, and trusted disaster relief agencies to prepare for and recover from disaster-related events” (Fletcher, et al., 2022) Such findings can be used to inform the development of new interventions, programs, policies, practices, and tools for emergency management and social service agencies to improve disaster preparedness and resiliency among older populations in rural communities. (Fletcher, et al., 2022)
Studies such as “Rural Older Adults in Disasters: A Study of Recovery” can be powerful tools to help EDEN and other organizations better prepare for and respond to disasters, as well as educator individuals who can be impacted by these disasters.

Read the entire study here,



Heat. Gov

It’s a (record breaking) long, hot summer! Heat related illnesses and death are largely preventable with proper planning, education, and action, which has led to the creation of, the web portal for the National Integrated Heat Health Information System (NIHHIS). serves as the premier source of heat and health information for the nation to reduce the health, economic, and infrastructural impacts of extreme heat.

This portal seeks to improve federal, state, and local information and capacity to reduce the health, economic, and infrastructural impacts of extreme heat. There is information for preparing for heat waves, tips for staying safe outdoors and resources for educators and officials, such as social media toolkits, heat trackers and climate outlook maps.
Learn more at



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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