By Laura Ziegler
September 8, 2005 – As disaster relief workers deal with the multiple problems created by the Gulf Coast crisis after Hurricane Katrina, one of the tools they will rely on is EDEN, the Extension Disaster Education Network. EDEN is a website that was created after the floods of 1993 in the Midwest. It is a clearinghouse for information---the expertise of agriculture extension agents and other resources-- that could be helpful to those engaged in disaster relief.
While the environment in the Southern states varies from that in the Midwest, flood damage creates many problems that cross regional lines. When disaster relief officials click onto EDEN, they can find an expert who will address a particular problem, and tailor the response to the particular needs of the Gulf Coast region.