EDUCATOR / TRAINER RESOURCES
IN-PREPared supports Extension Educators, agricultural education instructors, and trainers of first responders by providing various training and educational resources, or links to those resources. These materials have been developed by Purdue Extension specialists and educators, along with emergency response professionals, and are free for your use.
For more information about any of these resources, please refer to the contact information shown for each of the educational programs.
If you are aware of or have developed educational programs involving rural emergency preparedness, response, and mitigation, and would like to share those resources on INPREPared.org, please contact us for consideration.
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Purdue University’s Agricultural Safety and Health Program has been monitoring farm-related fatalities in Indiana for nearly 60 years. The earliest identified summary of cases, published in 1966, examined 76 fatalities reported during 1963. Purdue’s fatality database, though acknowledged as not being comprehensive of all farm-related deaths, provides a unique historical perspective to explore trends that have occurred over several decades.
Very dry conditions during June and July 2022 have resulted in a significant portion of Indiana considered to be in a drought condition. Indiana PREPared has created a resource site for farmers, homeowners can access reports of current drought conditions, along with educational resources and management recommendations.
Floods are one of the most common weather-related disasters in Indiana and throughout the U.S. Many communities suffer tremendous property damage, or much worse, loss of life due to flooding issues each year.
INPREPared has assembled resources that Extension Educators, media, and others can use to quickly prepare news releases, PSA's, and other outreach when flooding is likely or has already occurred.
PREPnotes are short (about 1 page) fact sheets about a wide variety of emergency and rural disaster preparation topics. The PREPnotes can be used by Extension educators, teachers, and volunteers to develop news releases, share on social media, or print and distribute as hard copies. The materials have been developed and reviewed by Extension and emergency professionals.
FEMA Independent Study Courses
The Emergency Management Institute (EMI) serves as the national focal point for the development and delivery of emergency management training. This training enhances the capabilities of the Federal, state, and local government, volunteer organizations, and the private sector to minimize theimpact of disasters on the American public. EMI curricula, including the Independent Study Program (ISP) courses, are structured to meet the needs of this diverse audience with an emphasis on how the various elements work together in emergencies to save lives and protect property. CLICK HERE for more information.
Glossary of Agrosecurity Terms
This glossary of terms was originally developed for students enrolled in an agrosecurity class at Purdue University. The listing was expanded and updated in May 2020, and now includes terminology related to the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as many other safety and security topics involving agricultural situations. CLICK HERE to access a printable copy of the glossary.
Ag Safety & Health Resources
The Purdue University Agricultural Safety & Health program maintains an updated listing linking to online sources of information about farm and rural safety and health issues. These resources represent university, government, non-profit, and private entities from throughout North America. Click here to download the most recent online resource list in .pdf format.
Gearing Up for Safety - Youth Safety Training for Production Agriculture
The Gearing-Up-4-Safety curriculum helps youth aged 14-19 meet federal training requirements for agricultural employment. Presented by Purdue University’s Department of Agricultural Sciences Education and Communication, the curriculum includes 15 PowerPoint presentations with instructor notes, case studies, a glossary and student activity sheets. The materials are available for free access at www.agsafety4youth.info.
"Contingency Planning for Your Family and Farm Operation"
The Code Red Document was developed as a result of a brainstorming session at the 2011 Midwest Women in Ag Conference in Jeffersonville Indiana. Participants identified a need for a farm or small business to have one central location to collect critical business information required for day to day operations. In the event of a crisis in the operation, the business would be able to continue with minimal disruptions in a timely fashion while utilizing the Code Red Document. Click here for more information, or to download the latest version of the Code Red program.
Code Red Introduction
Code Red Personal Pages
Code Red Farm Pages
Purdue Ag. Safety & INPREPared COVID-19 editorials and articles
The Purdue Agricultural Safety and Health Program and the Indiana PREPared staff have developed several educational articles and editorials about COVID-19 and its impacts on agriculture. These articles cover a variety of specific topics applicable to the current situation. All are available for download at the links below. Check back often as new articles and editorials are being added regularly.
Article 7) What's Wrong with this Picture?
Article 11) Gasoline and COVID-19
Article 12) If you got time to lean...
PREPclips are short informational videos about emergency and rural disaster preparation topics. We encourage Extension educators, teachers, and volunteers to use PREPclips for teaching programs or sharing on social media. We simply ask that you credit INPREPared.org as a source! The videos have been developed and reviewed by Extension and emergency professionals, and are excellent for use in combination with our PREPnotes in preparing simple, effective training programs.
Developing an Emergency Plan for Your Farm Operation
Indiana PREPared encourages all farm families to prepare an emergency plan for their farm operation. This plan can be shared with local fire departments, EMS, and law enforcement so that everyone is better prepared in the event of an emergency such as an injury, fire, or natural disaster.
Our Farm Emergency Plan page includes a downloadable template and resources any farm family can use to create a basic emergency plan. Also, resources, including a powerpoint presentation, are included for educators for presentations to farm groups, ag students, or PARP programs.
Coronavirus 2019 Resources and Information
Health officials throughout the world continue to battle an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus (termed COVID-19) that was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China and which has spread throughout the world.
INPREPared.org is following the situation closely, and will provide updates and relevant links on our Coronavirus 2019 Resource Site as the outbreak progresses. The site contains relevant information and resources from local, state, and federal sources, as well as information specific to Purdue University students, staff, and faculty.
Resources for Farm/Ranch Families in Crisis
No one should have to go it alone during times of crisis, including farm and ranch families. It is a myth to believe that these families are so independent and tough that they can survive crisis on their own.
The following are examples of organizations that have a history of reaching out to farm and ranch families during both natural and human caused disasters. The list is in no way exhaustive and will be added to as additional organizations are identified. You are encouraged to visit the organization’s website, or call them for more information.
IN-CLIMATE - Indiana State Climate Office
The Indiana State Climate Office (IN-SCO) has a new web site, found at ag.purdue.edu/Indiana-state-climate. This site includes many tools for current weather events in the state such as precipitation, severe weather, and much more. In addition, historical data about Indiana weather patterns can be obtained from the site.
NOAA/NWS Weather Facts
The National Weather Service has developed short fact sheets that provide useful tips and information about common weather emergencies. Check back regularly as additional materials are continually being developed.
First Responder (Grain Facilities)
The Basic First Responder Training provides a basic or awareness-level training for first responders on safely and effectively responding to entrapments, engulfments, asphyxiation, entanglements, falls, and electrocutions at grain storage and handling facilities. The Instructor’s Guide includes the instructional tools needed to plan and conduct training including an evidence based curriculum and supporting visuals that have been field tested to provide content at primarily the basic or awareness level.
Safe Grain Storage and Handling
The goal of the Against the Grain curriculum is to provide basic awareness level safety and health training needed by youth and beginning workers interested in employment in the commercial grain industry or who are already working on family operated farms with grain storage operations. The focus of the training is on “basic” and “orientation.” The hope is that the training will give participants a head start to being a safe and productive worker.
Preparing for Emergencies at Home
"Preparing for Emergencies at Home" is a comprehensive PowerPoint presentation covering covering a variety of weather-related issues common in Indiana. Thank you to Mathias Ingle, Extension ANR Educator in Howard County, for sharing this resource with INPREPared.
While earthquakes are somewhat rare in Indiana, they can and do happen.
Residents of west-central Indiana were surprised by a 3.8 magnitude earthquake the afternoon of June 17, 2021! The quake was felt throughout a wide area of west-central Indiana and east central Illinois. Little or no damage has been reported, but the tremor was a reminder that earthquakes can and do happen in Indiana.
We have assembled some resources below to provide more information about earthquake preparation and response.
While we all appreciate and enjoy spring weather, please remember that as late spring and summer are dangerous times for severe weather. Each year, severe weather outbreaks injure and kill many Americans. Floods, tornadoes, wind, and lightning claim the lives of people and cause dramatic property damage.
Numerous resources are available from IN-PREPared, the National Weather Service, safety organizations such as the Red Cross, and others which will help prepare you and your family for potential spring & summer weather challenges.