Climate Change in California Cooperative Extension
University of California
Climate Change in California Cooperative Extension

Disasters Happen Project

Disasters Happen is a USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) funded project to help UC ANR staff and academics better prepare for and respond to disasters in California communities.

Overview: Disasters including are increasingly impacting communities across California. Because of the University of California’s Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources and Cooperative Extension (UC ANR) presence in local communities across the state, personnel are finding themselves responding to local disasters in a variety of new ways. When it comes to drought and wildfire in particular, UC ANR has been playing a critical preparation and recovery roll for decades. At the same time, because of the size and geographic spread of UC ANR, disaster approaches and materials have tended to develop piecemeal.

Project Goals & Objectives: By conducting a census of all UC ANR websites and administering a survey we collect system wide disaster preparedness resources. All UC ANR academics and staff will be invited to complete an online survey, meant to identify disaster preparedness and response activities.

  • Gain a clear understanding of the disaster resources that exist across UC ANR programs and initiatives.
  • Develop and distribute templates of disaster resources that can be customized for specific disasters.
  • Develop a guide to the disaster preparation, response, recovery landscape, and how UC ANR fits.
  • Convene UC ANR town hall around disaster preparedness and response.

For more details on the project, download our brief
one-page project description




  • Larissa Leavens, UC ANR





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