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Disaster network highlighted with eXtension

Posted 5/6/2008

Cooperative Extension information available for preparation, response and recovery at EDEN

Imagine sleeping comfortably in your home and suddenly, you feel the ground trembling throughout your neighborhood. What do you do?

With the ongoing earthquakes and the possibility of a 6.0 threatening the area, residents should take proper precautionaries for disasters, like a flood or earthquake. University of Nevada Cooperative Extension (UNCE) has information to help make it through these life-changing crises.

From earthquakes to wildfires, Nevada faces both natural and man-made disasters, leaving people homeless for days or even weeks. With its launch in February, eXtension.org has ample information to help people seeking advice and help about handling disasters. eXtension.org is a new online resource, a partnership with 74 land grant universities including UNCE, that provides objective, free research-based information regarding consumer credit.

The Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN) brings together collaborative multi-state information by Cooperative Extension departments across the country and improves the delivery of information to citizens affected by disasters. By visiting EDEN on the eXtension site through UNCE, you can access information on disaster mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery.

The Frequently Asked Questions page can help people through disaster situations. One person asked about preventions of hypothermia during a winter storm because their family suffered a power outage for a week and had no access to heat. An eXtension expert described signs of hypothermia and what to do with no power.

For example, the expert talked about the importance of identifying a safe, supplementary heat source for your home and considering purchasing a generator to provide heat during those times. By following the advice, this person can be more prepared in case another snow storm hits.

To view EDEN on the eXtension website, go to UNCE (www.unce.unr.edu) and look for the eXtension logo in the lower left-hand corner. If you can’t find the answer to your specific question, check out the FAQ which contains valuable information, or use the Ask an Expert option to get a personal answer from an eXtension expert. Visit often to view website updates of new articles and resources. EDEN is also available at www.eden.lsu.edu.

Along with disaster issues, eXtension covers a wide range of topics including horticulture, wildlife and finance. With dynamic content and more topics on the way, the website has timely information on issues important to you, no matter where you live.

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