Bicol University Leading the Way in Educating to Build Resilient Communities

Agricultural Disaster Preparedness and Recovery November 12, 2014 Print Friendly and PDF

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Tune in to Bicol University Leading the Way in Educating to Build Resilient Communities on Friday, October 24 at 1:30 pm Central. Learn what Bicol University Extension is doing to educate communities in the Philippines for disaster resilience.

This webinar will be presented by Dr. Leilani Pavilando, Extension Service Director at Bicol University. She serves as project manager on a United Nations World Food Program (WFP) Disaster Preparedness and Response (DPR) program targeting communities in Sorsogon Province.  Pavilando is also closely involved in the recovery efforts following Typhoon Yolanda. The super typhoon struck the islands of Samar and Leyte as a category-5 cyclone November 8, 2013. 

Carrie McKillip is an Extension regional educator serving four counties in Illinois. She will moderate the session. "I’ve seen first-hand how hard it is for communities to recover from disaster if their citizens are not prepared. We’ve found that, in addition to individual and family preparedness, the community governments—from the mayors to the county commissioners and all the supporting departments—must be engaged in planning to recover from disaster,” McKillip says. “The whole community will be more disaster-resilient if there’s a plan that includes all groups within the community. The plan should include ways to let community members know where they fit in the plan and what they need to do to respond and recover from a disaster. ”

Dr. Lionel "Bo" Beaulieu directs Purdue University's Center for Regional Development. He has been engaged in rural development and extension projects for most of his career. “Catastrophic weather over the past few years across the United States has shown us that rural and poor communities face unique challenges. Many of these communities have only basic plans to protect infrastructure, and their citizens are not prepared to recover from disaster,” Beaulieu says. “Lessons learned by Bicol Extension can help Extension educators in the U.S. enhance their efforts to support community planning efforts and educate hard-to-reach audiences in our rural communities.”

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This webinar is brought to you by the Extension Disaster Education Network and its eXtension Community of Practice. 

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This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, New Technologies for Ag Extension project.