Deeply embedded in the fabric of local communities, Cornell Cooperative Extension has both an opportunity and an obligation to act in good faith to serve New York residents when crises arise. Our mission mandates we “put knowledge to work,” and this means being a trusted source for up-to-date information on how to prepare for, what to do during, and how to act after disaster situations. Our role as part of the national land grant network gives us access to a wealth of research-backed resources—prepared by university extensions across the country, including Cornell. Combined with the local clout we’ve garnered by working alongside our neighbors to better the lives of all New Yorkers, CCE can be a powerful augmenter for local, county, and state emergency response and recovery.

Cornell Cooperative Extension has always had a role in emergencies and has often worked with local emergency management offices. In New York State, Agriculture & Markets relies on CCE to be the ‘eyes and ears’ for the agricultural community during emergencies to identify trends and needs, which informs Ag & Markets’ decisions on funding, deploying resources, and making policies.

At CCE, disaster preparedness, response and recovery efforts fall under the All-Hazards Preparedness and Response Education Program (APREP). APREP disaster researchers and educators across Cornell University and CCE develop evidence-based guidance on preparedness, response, and recovery after natural disasters and emergencies, assist with CCE emergency operations, and conduct research which informs future response and recovery efforts.

The New York Extension Disaster Education Network (NY EDEN) is a collaborative educational network based at Cornell University and dedicated to educating New York residents about preventing, preparing for and recovering from emergencies and disasters. Utilizing an aggregated collection of research-based guidelines and best practices aggregated from across the national Extension network, NY EDEN provides communication outreach on these critical and timely subjects through its website as well as its Facebook and Twitter social media channels.

NY EDEN is affiliated with both the national USDA Extension Disaster Education​ Network (EDEN). EDEN is a national organization of land-grant universities that links Extension educators from across the United States and throughout various disciplines, enabling them to develop and use resources to reduce the impact of disasters.

For a more in-depth explanation of CCE’s role, CCE Assistant Director, Keith Tidball joined “Extension Out Loud” to discuss CCE’s role in preparing and responding to natural, technical, and man-made hazards. For a printable version of the NY EDEN brochure, see the 2019 updated version here.