The resources gathered on this page provide pathways to useful information in preparing for or coping with effects of weather disasters, especially flooding and drought. The threats of these types of conditions seem to be increasing in the face of climate change and have clear impacts on communities, agricultural producers and many others. The Center's UMass Extension unit is part of a network of similar organizations across the country, the Cooperative Extension System, that has formed a national collaboration to provide access to disaster resources if needed, the Extension Disaster Education Network.
Useful Information from Other Sources:
The websites, factsheets and other information listed in these sections has been gathered from a variety of sources outside of UMass for reference in emergency situations.
- Drought Resources from EDEN, the national Extension Disaster Education Network.
- After The Storm: What To Do When You Go Back To A Flooded, Moldy Home
- Flood Resources from EDEN
- Safe Electricity When a Disaster Hits
- Recovering From a Storm: Garden Flooding
- Managing Flood-Damaged Crops
- Soil Quality Reclamation for Flood Damaged Fields
- Repairing Flood Damaged Farm Fields
- Managing Flood Damaged Crop and Forage from Tropical Storm Irene
- Flooding and Organic Certification Webinar
The Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN) is a collaborative multi-state effort by Extension Services across the country to improve the delivery of services to citizens affected by disasters. EDEN is supported by a grant from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture to Purdue University. Purdue subcontracts management and hosting of the Web site to the LSU AgCenter. The EDEN website is used to help Extension agents and educators find credible resources on disaster mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery that will enhance their short- and long-term programming efforts. During times of crisis, they are able to use this Web site as a communication and data-collection tool.
Additional National Resources
Information about specific disasters and emergencies, how to prepare, recover, and help build long-term resilience, as well as information about USDA assistance during disaster events.
The "all hazard monitor" from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency
MEMA is the state agency with primary responsibility for ensuring the state's resilience to disasters. The agency has facilities in Framingham, Tewksbury, Bridgewater and Agawam.
This site presents an in depth list of Massachusetts' state government information and resources on disaster preparedness.
Red Cross in Massachusetts