NCBRT and Extension Disaster Education Network Announce Partnership
BATON ROUGE – The National Center for Biomedical Research and Training, or NCBRT, and the Extension Disaster Education Network, or EDEN, have announced a new partnership with a common mission to improve preparedness, relief and recovery of communities affected by disasters. The signing of the agreement took place on Friday, Feb. 17, at the Chateau le Mayne in New Orleans.
EDEN, www.eden.lsu.edu, is a network of more than 70 land grant and sea grant universities that pulls together the expertise of specialists with the Cooperative Extension Service to help homeowners, business owners and farmers reduce the impact of disasters through research-based information.
EDEN was developed as a result of lessons learned by the land-grant system responding to the catastrophic Mississippi and Missouri river floods of 1993, said Virginia Morgan, outreach program coordinator at Auburn University and current EDEN chair.
Extension educators recognized that resources were available at land grant universities to help those affected by the flooding, but different universities had different resources. By coming together as a network, each university’s extension service had improved access to expertise at other universities, allowing them to better help the citizens in their state.
“This partnership highlights the value of EDEN,” Morgan said. “Through our nation-wide network of extension specialists and educators, we provide research-based disaster education to individuals and organizations at the local level. NCBRT’s excellent faculty and high quality FEMA-approved courses will significantly increase our ability to meet our mission of reducing the impact of disasters through research-based education.”
Vice Chancellor of the LSU AgCenter Paul Coriel is also very optimistic about this project.
“Cooperative Extension is in the disaster education business (EDEN) and helps people improve their lives. I am excited about the opportunity to partner with organizations like NCBRT to advance the land- grant mission beyond traditional clientele. We need to leverage and share resources in this difficult financial times and this partnership is an ideal model,” said Coriel, who is also the AgCenter extension director and nation extension (ECOP) liaison to EDEN.
The mission of the NCBRT is to help America prevent, prepare for, respond to and recover from acts of domestic and international terrorism, weapons of mass destruction and high-consequence events through teaching, training, technical assistance and research.
Michael Moody, associate director, R&D, NCBRT said, “Our initial efforts through this partnership will focus on food and agriculture, America’s most important infrastructure. By leveraging our expertise, outreach and delivery capabilities, we will be in a position to provide food and agriculture protection education to many communities and throughout the nation.”
The NCBRT is part of the Stephenson National Center for Security Research and Training, or SNCSRT, at LSU, as well as the National Domestic Preparedness Consortium, recognized by the Department of Homeland Security as the principal vehicle through which the Training and Exercise Integration division identifies, develops, tests and delivers training to federal, state, local and tribal emergency responders. More information about the NCBRT can be found at www.ncbrt.lsu.edu.
For more information, contact Lauren Bourg, public affairs for NCBRT, at 225-578-8187, 225-252-5754 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo cutline: Representatives from EDEN and NCBRT sign a partnership to share curriculum and training resources at the EDEN board meeting in New Orleans. Pictured from left to right: Mary Lou Peter, EDEN secretary, Kansas State; Bill Dictson, EDEN agrosecurity committee, New Mexico; Rick Atterberry, EDEN chair elect, University of Illinois; Tom Tucker, NCBRT director, LSU; and Virginia Morgan, EDEN chair, Auburn University.