As communities across Minnesota prepare for unprecedented spring flooding, I want to keep you updated on Extension's role and resources in flood education and our plans for coordinating a system-wide response. Extension's role is to provide research-based educational resources to assist Minnesotans in preparing for and recovering from the flood. Staff can access the most up-to-date information by visiting Extension's flood website, www.extension.umn.edu/Flood, or calling Extension's toll-free phone services - Flood (aka Farm) Information Line (1-800-232-9077) and AnswerLine (1-800-854-1678).
During the spring flood season, Extension's flood response will be coordinated by Minnesota's Extension Disaster Education Network (MN-EDEN) team to ensure consistency across the state. MN-EDEN will evaluate pre- and post-flood needs and ensure non-duplication of efforts within Extension or with other agencies. Bob Byrnes is the MN-EDEN response coordinator and is charged with ensuring that our efforts are not only coordinated within Extension, but also with our many partners across the state. Contact Bob Byrnes with your program ideas for Extension's flood response.
During times of crisis in our communities, we must remember that Extension's role is education. Extension is not the community disaster coordinator, first-responder or social service agency. However, our relevant information and recommendations about preparing for and recovering from floods supports the work of many partnering agencies.
If you personally choose to participate in community service activities (e.g. sandbagging, patrolling), please be sure to follow normal procedures for requesting personal leave/day(s) from your supervisor.I appreciate the work of the MN-EDEN team and the many faculty and staff who have worked with them to provide timely and accurate information to Minnesotans.