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Is your organization ready? A first step to a “Playbook” for Emergency Management!

This presentation will demonstrate how Texas AgriLife Extension Service, using the organizational framework of the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and Incident Command System (ICS) in cooperation with other state agencies, integrated into the State EM Plan to prepare and address future natural, accidental and man-made disasters. This talk will help attendees to understand the importance of assessing and determining which of the 1) 37 Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Target Capabilities, 2) 15 NIMS Emergency Support Functions (ESF) are relevant to your agency/organization, and how to go about submitting “Summaries of Support….” to the appropriate state agency so that your organization becomes a player in the State EM Plan. Dr. Vestal will share first hand-experience on the Emergency Management and Homeland Security program’s response and recovery efforts to the recent drought and devastating wildfires in Texas. This topic is particularly important for all organizations with expertise, physical and human resources, and relevant organizational aims to prevent, mitigate, respond or assist with recovery from disasters. An application for continuing education credit for Certified Crop Advisors (CCAs) and members of the American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists (ARPAS) has been submitted.

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About the Extension Foundation

The Extension Foundation was formed in 2006 by Extension Directors and Administrators. Today, the Foundation partners with Cooperative Extension through liaison roles and a formal plan of work with the Extension Committee on Organization and Policy (ECOP) to increase system capacity while providing programmatic services, and helping Extension programs scale and investigate new methods and models for implementing programs. The Foundation provides professional development to Cooperative Extension professionals and offers exclusive services to its members. In 2020 and 2021, the Extension Foundation has awarded 85% of its direct funding back to the Cooperative Extension System, 100% of funds are used to support Cooperative Extension initiatives. 

This technology is supported in part by New Technologies for Ag Extension (funding opportunity no. USDA-NIFA-OP-010186), grant no. 2023-41595-41325 from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or the Extension Foundation. For more information, please visit You can view the terms of useat

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