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Disaster Resources on the World Wide Web

University of Illinois Extension Disaster Resources Web Site. Provides on-line information on disaster preparedness and recovery, as well as links to agencies and organizations involved in emergency and disaster management (FEMA, Red Cross). Users can get access to the latest updates from University of Illinois Extension and FEMA, along with the latest copies of University of Illinois Extension disaster fact sheets, news releases, and information from other agencies.

Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN). Features a searchable database and links to disaster information from Extension Services and agencies across the country. (Contact: Rick Atterberry) The EDEN website can also be accessed through the University of Illinois Extension Disaster Resources Website.

Programs and Workshops

Family Protection Program.

Train-the-trainer program designed to help families help themselves by being better prepared for natural and/or manmade disasters. The program helps families identify potential hazards in their area and develop and implement a plan to mitigate loss and suffering. This is a one - six hour workshop with materials supplied by the American Red Cross. (Contact: Consumer Family Economics Educators)

Disaster Preparedness.

While many government agencies help families when disasters strike, families must take some responsibility for their own well-being. The Disaster Preparedness Program is designed to help families increase their ability to survive and cope with any type of disaster which might occur. (Contact: Consumer Family Economics Educators)

Disaster Recovery.

When a natural or other disaster strikes, many people are at a loss for what to do, when to do it, and how to recover. This lesson will concentrate on recovering financially from a disaster. It will include the first steps to take when a disaster strikes, filing insurance claims, obtaining emergency financial assistance, and replacing lost or damaged family documents. (Contact: Consumer and Family Economics Educators)

Children, Stress, and Natural Disasters.

A training workshop for teachers, child-care providers, or other youth-serving professionals that prepares them for working with children who have experienced disasters. (Contact: Family Life Educators; Aaron Ebata)

Printed Material

Disaster Recovery Fact Sheets.

A set of fact sheets on topics including: Cleaning up after a disaster; Food and water safety; Health and sanitation; Insurance, tax, and consumer fraud; Getting aid after a disaster; Managing stress; Helping children cope; and How to help others after disaster. (Contact: Aaron Ebata; also available on the Disaster Resources Web Site)

Household Inventory.

A 61-page guidebook that helps document possessions in a house on a room to room basis for insurance claims. An important part of disaster preparedness, this resource can also be used after a disaster to help homeowners reconstruct a list of possessions that were lost or damaged. Includes sources for additional information. (Contact: Consumer & Family Economics Educators; also available on the Disaster Resources Web Site - requires Adobe Acrobat)

Replacement Fact Sheets.

A series of fact sheets that gives information on how to replace specific types of appliances, carpeting, and furniture. There are also fact sheets on rent-to-own options and consumer fraud. (Contact: Consumer & Family Economics Educators; also available on the Disaster Resources Web Site and the VISTA CD-ROM)

Getting Through Tough Times.

A series containing information on controlling spending, improving personal finances, and coping with financial stress. (Contact: Consumer & Family Economics Educators)

Children, Stress, and Natural Disasters.

A two-part curriculum guide for teachers and other child-care or youth workers that helps them work with children who have been through a disaster. Part 1: A Guide for Teachers describes what children might experience during and after a disaster, how they might react, and what teachers can do to help. Part 2: School Activities for Teachers includes suggestions for activities that teachers can use in their classrooms after a disaster, a list of curriculum guides on disaster-related topics, a bibliography of children's literature on floods and natural disasters, and a list of resource material that are available from the American Red Cross for little or no cost. (Contact: Aaron Ebata; also available on the Disaster Resources Web Site)

Consultation and Assistance

Information dissemination
(Contact: Gary Beaumont, AUniversity of Illinois Extension News and Public Affairs Office)

Health and Food Safety
(Contact: Nutrition and Wellness Educators)

Coping with Stress, Parenting, and Youth issues
(Contact: Family Life, Prevention, and Youth Development Educators)

Agricultural issues after disaster
(Contact: Agriculture Educators; Brad Lubben, Farm Business Management & Marketing Specialist)

Farm structure damage assessment and planning
(Contact: Bill Campbell, Farm Systems Educator)

Community economic development
(Contact: Community Leadership & Volunteerism Educators; Small Business and Economic Development Educators)

Updated: July 2010.

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