University of Vermont

Cultivating Healthy Communities

Disaster & Emergency Education

Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN)

extension disaster education network

The Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN) links Extension educators from across the U.S., enabling them to use and share resources to reduce the impact of disasters. The national EDEN site is

The mission of EDEN is to reduce the impact of disasters through research-based education, and 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

UVM Extension is an active member of EDEN, and has leveraged this relationship to provide numerous training opportunities within Vermont. This includes training for our emergency responders on foreign animal diseases, for our food processors on agrosecurity, for our Extension educators on highly contagious animal diseases, and for our farmers on helping their business survive an outbreak of a highly contagious disease.

UVM Extension is a supporting member of the State of Vermont's Emergency Operations Plan, particularly with respect to State Support Function 11, Agriculture and Natural Resources.

VT EDEN Contacts

Julie Smith, DVM, PhD

Extension Associate Professor
305B Terrill Hall, 570 Main Street
Burlington, VT 05405-0148
802-656-4496 (office)
802-656-8196 (fax)

George Cook

Extension Specialist: Maple & Farm Safety
University of Vermont Extension
29 Sunset Drive, Suite 2
Morrisville, VT 05661-8313
802-888-4972 or ext. 4011-866-260-5603 (toll-free in Vt.)
802-888-2432 (fax)

Last modified December 11 2014 02:29 PM