On January 15-17, 2013, DNR’s Dr. Keith Tidball presented at the National Council on Science and the Environment (NCSE) National Conference. This year the topic was Disasters And Environment: Science, Preparedness, And Resilience. Tidball represented the New York Extension Disaster Education Network, NY EDEN, and collaborated with National EDEN Chair Rick Atterberry, National EDEN Homeland Security project leader Steve Cain, National EDEN web manager Pat Skinner, and National EDEN immediate past chair Virginia Morgan White. NY EDEN members discuss and submit recommendations to Congress, the White House, and other federal and state government institutions on establishing community resilience through extension programs.
The Disasters and Environment Conference discussed the increased frequency of natural disasters and why decision-making in the science and technology world must work to develop communities that can better prepare and respond to these environmental disasters. There were more than 1,200 leaders from government agencies, emergency response, scientific, policy, conservation, and business communities, who will transcend boundaries to create new strategies and initiatives.