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Disaster Resources - University of Illinois Extension

Disaster Recovery

These are some of the staff roles during disaster recovery:


  • Provide for a reserve budget to cover emergency expenses.
  • Facilitate group planning discussion, such as TeleNet.
  • Make the following announcements:
  • The organization is in disaster response mode.
  • The plan-of-work is temporarily set aside for those directly and indirectly involved in disaster response.
  • Deadlines are extended.
  • Supervisors will assist anyone trying to determine their proper role.
  • Each unit is able to make choices and carry out action plans.
  • Information on availability and use of emergency resources.

Unit Staff

  • Be acquainted with the county(ies) Emergency Management Agency (EMA) coordinator.
  • If possible and appropriate, offer assistance (facilities and equipment) to EMA.
  • Meet and coordinate activities with other local leaders.
  • Serve as the University of Illinois Extension member of the UMA emergency team.
  • Manage and distribute information provided through the official channels of the organization.
  • Apply local knowledge to discover needs and devise creative and resourceful responses.
  • Communicate local needs to Center staff, Specialists, and administrators.
  • Be open to the suggestions and assistance of Center staff and Specialists.

Center Staff

  • Be proactive in studying the situation and offering assistance to Unit staff.
  • Visit disaster areas to talk with those affected in order to learn how you may be of greatest assistance.
  • Participate with Specialists, Educators and Unit staff on interdisciplinary disaster area study teams.
  • Keep your Development Team informed and provide leadership to Development Team response activities.
  • Take the opportunity to learn new skills, work with new organizations and seek out new ways of contributing.


  • Be responsive to requests for assistance by field staff and proactive in studying the situation.
  • Participate with others in visiting the disaster area and talking with those affected.
  • Apply your expertise in devising creative and resourceful interdisciplinary responses.
  • Create and review materials for distribution in the disaster area.
  • Call on your organization and state agency contacts in devising coordinated responses.
  • Make use of specialist counterparts in other states.
  • Take advantage of the research opportunities presented by the disaster and its aftermath.

Development Teams

  • Move response to the disaster to the highest priority with leadership for the response vested in those team members serving in the affected area.
  • Provide for back-up to team members involved in response activities.
  • Provide for rapid team communication.

Information Services/Office of Computer Support

  • Assist in developing news releases and fact sheets.
  • Facilitate the dissemination of information using media and computer networks.
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