April 17th, 2023 at 1:00pm (Eastern)

Digital Inclusion and Disasters

The EDEN Monthly Webinar for May 2023 addressed digital inclusion and what it means when it comes to disaster education. Beginning with digital inclusion 101, the first half of the webinar provided participants the background and vocabulary to discuss the digital divide and other issues of the digital age. The second half of the webinar connects digital inclusion to disaster education and work done by EDEN. In the end, participants are

Presented Cheyanne Geideman, Purdue University’s North Central Regional Center of Rural Development

Extension’s Role and Response to Chemical and Oil Spills

This webinar will help Extension professionals from Sea Grant and Land Grant universities alike better understand the role and response of Extension during chemical and oil spills. Learn the difference between natural disasters and technological disasters and their impacts on community response in both coastal areas and inland.


Christopher Petrone, Delaware Sea Grant

Kelsey Prihoda, Minnesota Sea Grant

Davin Holen, Alaska Sea Grant

Steve Sempier, Mississippi- Alabama Sea Grant Consortium

April 17th, 2023 at 1:00pm (Eastern)

Be Prepared: A Community Planning Approach to Green Infrastructure, Hazard Mitigation, and Flooding

Kara Salazar and Carrie McKillip will present a new program funded through the Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN) which is designed to support community-based updates of hazard mitigation and resilience planning with an emphasis on green infrastructure. Ken Hellevang will present being prepared for flooding, which includes knowing your roles, having educational resources prepared, and following forecasts.

Presented by EDEN and the North Central Regional Center of Rural Development
March 7th, 2023

How Will the New Madrid Seismic Zone Affect You?

This webinar will outline the basics of the NMSZ and how it could affect those inside and outside the zone.  Learn how an earthquake could impact national security, the supply chain, mass care, the economy and infrastructure. It will also cover the New Madrid Seismic Zone Multi-State Public Awareness and Education Project and how this grant will help communities become more disaster resilient.

Presented by Conne Burnham
February 21, 2023


Biosecurity: Personal to Farm

Presented by Tommy Bass
January 24, 2023

Helping Extension professionals understand biosecurity, carcass management, preparedness, disaster response and environmental management, the Biosecurity webinar is presented by EDEN’s Agriculture Committee Chair, Tommy Bass, of Montana State University.

Rapid Response to Extreme Weather Events Across Food and Agriculture

Presented by Ashley Mueller
April 5, 2022 

Dr. Ashley Mueller, NIFA’s National Program Leader for the Institute of Youth, Family and Community, and Dr. Danielle Farley, NIFA’s Program Specialist for the Institute of Food Production and Sustainability and Dr. Amy Ganguli, NIFA’s National Program Leader for the Institute of Bioenergy, Climate and Environment, present EDEN’s latest webinar. They introduce the A1712 Program Team and discuss the funding opportunities, CAP and applications.

EDEN Seas-Level rise in the Classroom

Presented by
March 2, 2022

EDEN Professional Development Webinar: Sea-Level Rise in the Classroom Fostering Science-to-Civics Literacy

Point of Contact Discussion

Presented by Abby Lillpop
February 18, 2022 

As we begin 2022, all of us in Cooperative and Sea Grant Extension Systems across our nation are facing growing responsibilities to help educate and prepare our stakeholders for ever-increasing numbers of man-created technological incidents and natural disasters, as our disruptive weather patterns occur with more frequency. Many of us will also be expanding our roles in the realm of community resilience, recovery and mitigation from natural disasters in our regions. The Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN), founded 26 years ago through the efforts of land-grant leaders and the USDA, is committed to providing timely, appropriate and relevant research-based information for all member institutions. The Point of Contact Discussion will occur twice a year with the intention of each session being to help identify best practices in the field of emergency preparedness/management with presentation of materials currently being utilized, the gaps that need to be addressed, and the types of tools and resources that will help practitioners at your institution better meet stakeholder and client needs.

Step Up With 4-H

Presented by Shelby Carlson
September 7, 2021

A new, flexible, free, high quality curriculum: STEP! The Student Tools for Emergency Planning (STEP) presented by Shelby Carlson, 4-H Youth Development Educator for the University of Illinois.

Preparing the Urban Canopy for Weather Related Disasters

Presented by Sarah Vogel, Ryan Pankau and Chris Enroth
August 7, 2021

Trees can often cause trouble for communities and individuals in high-wind events across the nation. Presenters Sarah Vogel, Ryan Pankau and Chris Enroth discuss tree species, health and proper maintenance for your trees to prevent damage and to better prepare for weather related disasters.

Hurricane + Flood & Tornado Resistant Building Construction

Presented by Spencer Rogers
July 7, 2021 

Spencer Rogers, a coastal engineer and geologist with North Carolina Sea Grant, discusses hurricane resistant construction techniques, shoreline erosion, coastal management and marine construction.

Saving Pets, Saving People

Presented by Ragan Adams
June 8, 2021

The number one reason that people who own pets will not evacuate during a disaster is fear that the pets will not be allowed to go with them. When in fact the better prepared the pet owner is for their pet(s), the better first responders can help them. This webinar will discuss how pet owners can prepare for their pets in times of disasters and discuss how emergency managers can develop community animal disaster plans to better serve their citizens.

Let’s Talk Fairs and Potential Disaster Situations

Presented by Marla Calico
March 9, 2021

What’s your relationship with your county or state fair? Do you know who to call if the fairgrounds is needed for emergency shelter? How have you addressed the potential for animal disease outbreaks, zoonotic disease outbreaks or other emergency (and potentially disastrous) situations in planning sessions with your local or regional fair? This webinar will provide a high-level overview of the fair industry (county fairs, regional shows and exhibitions, and state fairs) in the United States to provide an awareness of the varying organizational structures across the country. This session will also identify several areas of risk which can be mitigated with education and training and the role Extension might play in that.

A Case Study of an Extension Response to a Severe Wildfire Season

Presented by William “Bill” Warren
June 9, 2020

The presentation will present an overview of the Extension programming response to the record 2015 wildfire season in north-central Idaho as well as a discussion of lessons learned.

Epidemic Preparedness for Community Organizations 

Presented by Becky Koch
May 27, 2020

When EDEN’s Epidemic Preparedness for Community Organizations program was developed a few years ago, nobody was talking about coronavirus. But now, community organizations are serving their members or other audiences possibly without much planning. This EDEN program helps community organization representatives (from houses of worship, nongovernmental organizations, service providers, etc.) walk through a process to help them plan for their own group and their work with other groups to fill gaps and avoid duplication in communities. Now with the coronavirus pandemic, community organizations may use the program to document their recent experiences and plan for the future.


Presented by Lori Hayungs, Mackenzie Johnson, Mackenzie DeJong, and Barbara Dunn Swanson
May 19, 2020

Parenting isn’t always easy, especially in unprecedented times like these. It is essential for Extension professionals to have a variety of tools that support parents as they navigate the uncertainty of a crisis like COVID-19. Trustworthy resources, grounded in research can be offered alongside the realization that each family has a different reality and therefore different needs. This webinar offers parents and professionals resources that may help guide decisions about what is best for their own children and families. Professionals will learn about The Science of Parenting podcasts and blogs as resources to support the constituents they serve as well as gain an understanding of the Stop. Breathe. Talk. parenting technique

Managing Work-Life Balance When Working from Home with No Child Care

Presented by Kristine Marceau
April 10, 2020

This webinar uses guiding principals from research on family resilience and child development in order to provide some useful tips and strategies for identifying ways to cope with working at home with your entire family in one small space. The presenter highlights some common challenges and solutions, as well as provide some example “cases” in order to demonstrate how to come up with a strategy that works for a variety of types of families.


Presented by Joyce McGarry
March 10, 2020

We cannot always predict the severity of emergencies or natural disasters before they occur. Know how to prepare and keep food safe to reduce the risk of foodborne illness.


Presented by  Noel M. Estwick, Michelle Eley, Kimberly Davis, and Finis Stribling III.
February 11, 2020

It is widely known that limited resource audiences and other vulnerable population groups are disproportionately affected by disasters. Therefore, in times of disaster, 1890 land-grant universities (LGUs) play crucial roles in connecting with and engaging these communities. As early as 2009, NIFA and the EDEN Executive Committee observed the lack of participation in EDEN by 1890 LGUs. With the support of the EDEN Executive and the 1890 Association of Extension Administrators (AEA), NIFA’s Division of Family and Consumer Sciences hosted an EDEN Visiting Scholar in the summer of 2017 toward assisting with developing a formal structure for 1890 engagement in EDEN. The output was an action plan. EDEN, NIFA and the AEA view this approach as critical to bolstering disaster management programming at 1890 LGUs; thereby enhancing disaster preparedness, resilience and quality of life for limited resource clientele nationwide. The 1890-EDEN Advisory Group was created to provide leadership for creating and executing the 1890-EDEN Action Plan. This webinar reviews the structure of the action plan and will outline the Advisory Group’s approach to execute the plan. The approach includes conference calls, face-to-face planning meetings, webinars, training, presentations at professional meetings and responding to requests for proposals. We will also present an overview of current and proposed collaborations in EDEN, with the wider land-grant community, other academic institutions, Federal and non-Federal agencies and entities. The action plan outlines an ambitious framework of goals, challenges and strategies that will ultimately improve disaster programming in the 1890 community.

Community Resources for Power Outage

Presented by Katherine Herleman and Jennifer Manierre
January 14, 2020

Power outages cost the U.S. economy at least $150 billion per year and, with an average of 300 annual electrical grid electric grid disturbances from 2011-2013, the U.S. experiences more than any other developed nation. In December 2018, the National Infrastructure Advisory Council released recommendations on how to strengthen capabilities of the nation to survive catastrophic power outages, including the development of guidance and resources for states, territories, cities and localities to design community enclaves where critical services and resources could be co-located in order to maintain health and safety in communities and to allow residents to shelter in place.

This webinar reviews the basics of energy storage technology and summarizes existing public education and project development resources for Extension personnel and emergency managers interested in assisting municipalities with developing community resilience to power outages and, more broadly, creating a community of practice around this series of topics. We also present an overview of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority’s Battery Energy Storage System Guidebook, which contains information, tools, and step-by-step instructions to support local governments managing battery energy storage system development in their communities. The Guidebook provides local officials in-depth details about the permitting and inspection process to ensure efficiency, transparency, and safety in their communities, and serves as a national model for other states seeking to learn about the community resilience aspects of these technology and facilitate the development of community-scale battery energy storage systems.

ESF 11: Agriculture and Natural Resources – What Extension Needs to Know in Supporting USDA

Presented by Mike Serach
July 9, 2019

The webinar provides a familiarization of Emergency Support Function (ESF) #11 in general and expands on the roles of government partners in disaster response. Since 2016, EDEN has been listed as a supporting agency on ESF #11 behind the ESF coordinator and primary agency of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

ESF #11 – Agriculture and Natural Resources supports State, tribal, and local authorities and other Federal agency efforts to provide nutrition assistance; control and eradicate, as appropriate, any outbreak of a highly contagious or economically devastating animal/zoonotic (i.e., transmitted between animals and people) disease, or an outbreak of an economically devastating plant pest or disease; ensure the safety and security of the commercial food supply; protect natural and cultural resources and historic properties (NCH) resources; and provide for the safety and well-being of household pets during an emergency response or evacuation situation.

Disaster Financial Preparedness Strategies

Presented by Sara Croymans and Lori Hendrickson
June 18, 2019

While no one expects to be affected by a disaster, we all know that disasters can hit with little to no warning. Creating a culture of preparedness is essential in helping disaster survivors bounce back more quickly and efficiently following a disaster. One step to prepare for disasters includes financial preparedness. This webinar focuses on resources and tools available to assist individuals and families in preparing financially for the unexpected impact of a disaster.

Extension’s Response to the Spring Floods of 2019

Presented by Tom Ball, Jim Crawford, Ashley Mueller, and Mandy Mahler
May 21, 2019

This webinar takes a close look at flooding in four states and how extension services are participating in the flood response. This webinar is moderated by Carrie McKillip (University of Illinois), and features stories and lessons learned from Tom Ball of Mississippi State Extension, Jim Crawford of the University of Missouri Extension, Ashley Mueller of the University of Nebraska Extension, and Mandy Mahler of Iowa State University Extension. If your extension service is responding to flooding or any other hazard, please remember to fill out the response notes.

USDA-NIFA Smith-Lever Special Needs Competitive Grant Funding Opportunity

Presented by Beverly Samuel
April 24, 2019

This webinar addressed the USDA-NIFA Smith-Lever Special Needs Competitive Grants Program. This grant program supports innovative, education-based projects that address disaster or emergency preparedness and specific responses related to natural and human-made disasters. The deadline for grant applications is May 28, 2019.

Presenter was Beverly Samuel, a National Program Leader, Housing and Environmental Health, at the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), provides leadership for programs that contribute to the quality of living for consumers through healthy and safe housing, energy efficiency, disaster preparedness, response and recovery. She serves as the team-leader for Family Well-Being in Division of Family & Consumer Sciences at NIFA, which includes science-based programs focusing on critical issues to improve family and community resiliency.

EDEN FADI Proposal Review and Update

Presented by Abby Hostetler, Jason Henderson, and Lionel “Bo” Beaulieu
April 16, 2019

This webinar addresses the USDA’s Food and Agriculture Defense Initiative (FADI) EDEN project, as funded under a cooperative agreement with Purdue Extension. Abby Hostetler, National EDEN Project Coordinator, takes an in-depth look at what was proposed in Purdue Extension’s response to the USDA request for application. Participants were given the opportunity to ask questions about how the project enhances the work of the network and increases Extension’s capacity to provide disaster education programming.

Spring Conditions, What to Expect

Presented by Jim Noel
March 19, 2019

This webinar looks at the recent weather, including snowfall and ice build-up, and what implications that has on hydrological outlooks for this spring. Jim Noel, Service Coordination Hydrologist at NOAA/National Weather Service Ohio River Forecast Center, covers national flood and drought risks as well as other topics during his presentation.

Communicating About Risks, More Than Just Information

Presented by Sarah Watson
January 10, 2018

Wondering why people don’t respond the way you want them to when it comes to information about flooding, climate change, and other risks? Communicating about risks isn’t as simple as providing more information. People respond to that information based on lots of different things.
This webinar discusses:

  • Basic social science behind why we respond to risks the way we do
  • Ways to improve how we communicate about long-term risks

Basics of the National Flood Insurance Program

Presented by Ally Bishop
December 13, 2017

The National Flood Insurance Program aims to reduce the impact of flooding on private and public structures. It does so by providing affordable insurance to property owners and by encouraging communities to adopt and enforce floodplain management regulations.
This webinar addresses:

  • Who needs to buy flood insurance?
  • How do they purchase it?
  • What if their community doesn’t participate in NFIP?
  • What does flood insurance cover?

Search is Over – Explore EDEN’s New Website Webinar (Part 1)

Presented by Rick Griffiths, Henry “Paco” Capello, and Austin Rome
November 8, 2017

It’s here! EDEN’s new website (eden.lsu.edu) has been launched. Learn to navigate it’s 3 new channels–Educate, Explore and Engage. Reduce your time searching for research-based resources, grant projects and programs, or other colleagues programming in Disaster Education. Presenters: Rick Griffiths, EDEN Information Clearinghouse Chair, New Mexico State University Extension, along with Austin Rome, Web Developer, and Henry “Paco” Capello, Director of IT, Stephenson Disaster Management Institute, Louisiana State University, will provide an overview of the website design and “how-to’s” on searching resource catalog, finding delegate toolbox, and
other new features.

Keeping Food Safe During an Emergency

Presented by Lizann Powers-Hammond
October 2016

Remembering the rules about food safety when the power is out and during an emergency is difficult.

Developing Personal and Office Emergency Plans

Presented by Elizabeth Kiss and Rick Atterberry
September 2016

Emergency plans are important, but are they urgent? They should be. If you don’t have a personal and an office emergency plan, you should move them to the top of your to-do list. This webinar explains why emergency plans are important AND urgent. It also explains how to create them.

Developing Community Organizations Active in Disaster (COADs)

Presented by Bev Maltsberger, Carrie McKillip, and Mike Gaffney
August 2016

Does your community have a COAD? Bev Maltsberger, University of Missouri Extension, Carrie McKillip, University of
Illinois Extension, and Dr. Mike Gaffney, Washington State University, discuss how to develop COADs.

Protecting Your Farm or Ranch From Wildfire

Presented by Scott Cotton
July 2016

What can you do to prepare your farm or ranch for wildfire? Scott Cotton, University of Wyoming Extension, discusses steps that you can take.

Safe Drinking Water Before, During, and After a Disaster

Presented by Michael Smolen, Barbara Brown, and Gina Peek
April 25, 2013

We don’t think too much about access to safe drinking water in this country because we have many sources for the water. When a disaster strikes, those sources may be unavailable.Planning to include drinking water for emergencies or disasters will reduce your chances of running out of safe drinking water. Learn what you can do to have access to safe drinking water when a disaster strikes. This webinar will focus on water storage for emergencies, and sources of water when stored water has been depleted. In addition, you will learn who determines if rural water systems have safe drinking water, when to test wells, and other risks associated with wells.

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