Disasters

Will you be ready for the next disaster?

Natural disasters cost $270 billion globally in 2021. Illinois residents may experience floods, tornadoes, winter storms, wildfires, and drought. The time to prepare is before disaster strikes. Illinois Extension, as a founding member of the Extension Disaster Education Network, is part of a collaborative multi-state effort by Cooperative Extension Services across the country to improve the delivery of services to citizens affected by disasters. EDEN's mission is to reduce the impact of disasters through research-based education. 

Our Work Matters

In 1993 when Mississippi and Missouri experienced flooding resulting in 32 deaths and billions of dollars of damage, land-grant universities that responded to the disaster took stock of the experience and realized the important role Extension outreach can have in local disaster preparedness and recovery.

By 1998, EDEN formed to partner with local, state and national agencies. 

By 2005, the entire nation, including three territories, had an EDEN member. Illinois Extension has member delegates across the state.