Disasters Happen
University of California
Disasters Happen

Helping communities prepare for and recover from disasters

Disasters are increasingly impacting communities across California. This page links you to resources from across ANR's program areas, to help communities understand, prepare for, survive through, and recover from diverse disasters.  

Download our new disaster guide (January 2021)

Disasters Happen originated as 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:  Because of the University of California‚Äôs 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.

The project has recently been expanded to include a survey related to pre-emptive power safety shut-offs in California.

For more details on the project, download our Journal of Extension Article or our brief
one-page project description. You can also download the survey that we developed for the original project.




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