We were honored to have three Extension directors (Drs. Rick Klemme, Nick Place and Ed Jones) join us in Madison.
Many of the concurrent sessions highlighted curricula that can be adapted for other states. Here are a few.
- The Mississippi Youth Preparedness Initiative (MyPI): Fostering Emergency Preparedness, Civic Responsibility, and Empowerment in Teens. MyPI is a 10-week curriculum designed for teens and with MS Citizen Corps that includes hands-on activities for the youth. (Ryan Akers, Mississippi State and David Nichols, MS CERT Program).
- Local Government Financial Disaster Resiliency Program (Louisiana State University—Matt Fanin and Carol Franze)
- What Will You Do When a Disaster Strikes? This is a comprehensive curriculum designed to help prepare consumers for possible food-related emergencies. (Tennessee State University—Sandria Godwin and Richard Stone)
- Using Scenarios to Prepare Extension Personnel to Communicate during Disaster Situations was an interesting, realistic, and engaging what-if session. (NC State—Sarah Kirby and Ben Chapman)
- Incident Command System/Emergency Operations Center Interface & Extension’s Role was another hands-on what-if session. It was facilitated by the EDEN Exercise Committee (Linda Williams, Chair).
There were 34 states, one territory, the Philippines and Japan represented at this year’s meeting. But this is not the first year we’ve had international visitors. That distinction belongs with the 2011 meeting in Portland, Oregon where three people from Bicol University (Philippines) and one person from China (Beijing Normal University) participated. In 2012, EDEN delegates approved a pilot international membership for Bicol University.
While no one from Bicol was able to attend last year’s meeting, two delegates attended this year. In addition, a professor from the (non-member institution) Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology attended the Madison meeting. Bicol Extension Director Leilani Pavilando reported that she and colleagues obtained a grant from USAID and WFP to adapt the Family Preparedness curriculum (Utah and ND) for program delivery in four local municipalities. A paper about the process will be written and shared later.
The full agenda for the 2013 meeting is available online. What do you intend to do with what you learned in Madison?