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Reflections on Climate Change

Our recent record rainfall has turned my attention to the big issue of climate and its implication for our work in Extension. Earlier this week a report was released by a national think tank about the economic implications of climate change for the future of business and industry in the United States (see the report). This report spurred my thinking to reflect what the increasing incidence of large, adverse weather events will have for families and their capacity to thrive in this challenging environment. Right now in Minnesota we have an opportunity to find out.

Recently, a webinar was given by Cornell Cooperative Extension highlighting their work in disaster recovery and response. It provides a good primer on how state Extension programs can and do respond as well as may stimulate your thinking about how to respond to Minnesota's current disaster.

Lastly, Extension is working to update and make resources available about the recent flooding events for agricultural producers, families, households, and communities. You can find resources on the Flood recovery and preparation resources available page of Extension News. In Family Development, we provide information and education on long-term financial recovery for families and on helping families and children through the stress of disasters. You can find Family Development resources at the Families in Tough Times page.

A webinar is planned for July 10, 2014 for county emergency managers, local public health, local elected officials, professionals who work with families, and county extension offices. Resources and programs offered by Family Development will be highlighted, including:
  • Recovery after Disaster — The Family Financial Toolkit: materials that will help households document damaged and lost property, where to seek assistance, and making informed decisions.
  • Cleaning your Home after a Flood
  • Family resiliency during this stressful time
Two webinars will be held on July 10; the first one from 9 to 10 a.m. and repeated again at 12 to 1 p.m. Look for more details in the near future.

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