Disasters happen. And it's a good thing we focus on them.

Disasters affect the way our food is produced, how families function, and how businesses operate. We have always been responsive to the needs of Nebraskans. In Fall 2014, we increased our capacity to serve our state by focusing on disaster education for all ages. Since then, we have delivered programs, developed resources, and formed partnerships all centered on this topic.

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Extension Disaster Education Network

Nebraska Extension is a member of the Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN). EDEN is a collaborative multi-state effort by Extension Services across the country to improve the delivery of services to citizens affected by disasters. From food safety to field safety, from physical to psychological, and from government to community development, EDEN has resources Nebraska Extension can use to deliver programs across the state. The Nebraska VOAD adheres to the principles established by the National VOAD, which are are referred to as the 4C's: cooperation, communication, coordination, and collaboration.

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Nebraska VOAD

Since January 2015, Nebraska Extension has been a member of the Nebraska Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD). The Nebraska VOAD is a coalition of organizations that share knowledge and resources throughout the disaster cycle—preparation, response and recovery—to help disaster survivors and their communities. Nebraska VOAD members meet regularly to share updates, train and learn together, and build Nebraska's capacity to respond to disasters.

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Weather-Ready Nation

Nebraska Extension is a Weather-Ready Nation ambassador. The Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador™ initiative is the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) effort to formally recognize NOAA partners who are improving the nation’s readiness, responsiveness, and overall resilience against extreme weather, water, and climate events. As a WRN Ambassador, we are committed to working with NOAA and other Ambassadors to strengthen national resilience against extreme weather.

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