Preparedness and Mitigation
This one hour course outlines the roles and responsibilities of Extension personnel regarding the first two stages of emergency management.Click HERE to access the Centra site. Click on Public Recordings and search on “emergency”
Stage One: Preparedness
To help communities get ready for disasters well ahead of any event, Extension provides residents the educational resources they need to prepare. This stage requires planning and collaboration by Extension personnel with county and city departments and officials, local schools and universities, Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOADs), non-profits and faith-based organizations
Agents work with individuals, families and businesses to help them be better prepared for disasters. For example, they help childcare and elder care providers with planning for individuals with special needs by developing emergency action plans and assembling emergency supply kits.
Extension hosts an inventory of disaster preparedness and recovery materials available at http://texashelp.tamu.edu so that agents, specialists, other educators and the public can have constant access to educational information that will guide them as they prepare for unexpected events.
Stage Two: Mitigation
County agents and specialists provide numerous educational resources and conduct family, home, business and farm demonstrations and tours to reduce the incidents and/or consequences of infectious diseases, wildfires, food safety issues, floods, bio-security regarding crops and livestock.