Disaster Preparedness and Recovery


floodwaters Disasters can come in many forms, and preparation for possible events and planning for post-event recovery is important.

Floods, thunderstorms and lightning, tornadoes, winter storms, landslides, fires and wildfires, hazardous material spills, heat or cold waves, and terrorism are the most well-known possibilities. Disasters can also affect adults and children in many ways other than physical damage—the memories of a disaster can last a lifetime.

Tornado Safety

tornado Tornadoes are rare in West Virginia, but families should learn how to stay safe in the event one occurs. Learn the warning signs and how to stay safe during a tornado...

Flood Safety

flooding Floods are the most common and widespread of all natural disasters—except fire. Flash floods occur with little or no warning and can reach full peak in only a few minutes. Flash floods occur within six hours of a rain event, or after a dam or levee failure, or following a sudden release of water held by an ice or debris jam. Learn more about protecting yourself and your property during floods...

Thunderstorm Safety

thunderstorms Discuss—and model—these lifesaving steps, which are part of West Virginia University Extension Service’s disaster and emergency management education program. Teach children how to stay safe during a thunderstorm...

Winter Emergency Safety

snowy From snow storms to power outages, let WVU Extension’s safety professionals and resource materials guide you through the winter season.

View the Winter Emergency Safety guide…

Help Children Cope with Disaster

children and disaster Children and teens may be frightened by the disaster itself or be upset by disruptions that a disaster might cause in their daily routines or their relationships with parents, teachers, and friends.

Help children cope with the stress of disaster…

The Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN)

flooding windows The Extension Disaster Education Network is a collaborative multi-state effort by Extension Services across the country to improve the delivery of services to citizens affected by disasters.

This site serves primarily Extension agents and educators by providing access to resources on disaster mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery. The site includes a password-protected “Intranet” section, where internal working documents are shared among the delegates.

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The mission of the Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN) is to share education resources to reduce the impact of natural and man-made disasters:

This mission is carried out through:

  • Interdisciplinary and multi-state research and education programs addressing disaster mitigation, preparation, response and recovery;
  • Linkages with federal state and local agencies and organizations;
  • Anticipation of future disaster education needs and actions;
  • Timely and prompt communications and delivery of information that meets audience needs;
  • Credible and reliable information