02/20/2012 02:43 PM
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
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
“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 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.
Posted on Monday, February 20, 2012