Issue guide: Helping communities and organizations understand and adapt to changing agricultural and natural resources issues
The UF/IFAS Center for Public Issues Education in Agriculture and Natural Resources conducts research and educates people on how people form and act on opinions regarding complex agricultural and natural resources issues. The PIE Center encourages informed decision-making in three important areas, including exploring emerging issues impacting food and agriculture, advancing the responsible use of water and conservation of natural resources, and helping communities and organizations understand and adapt to changing agricultural and natural resources issues.
According to a recent survey from the PIE Center, 44 percent of Floridians do not think their community is ready for a man-made disaster, while 39 percent of Floridians do not think their community is ready for a natural disaster. Twenty-one percent and 23 percent of Floridians are unsure if their communities are prepared for a natural or man
-made disaster, respectively.
However, over half of Floridians feel that disaster preparedness should be a high priority among local officials.
When Floridians were asked about what resources they used when developing a disaster preparedness plan, 63 percent turned to the American Red Cross. Other resources included local fire departments, local TV stations, and emergency operations centers. Only 3 percent of Floridians utilized UF/IFAS Extension offices when deleting a disaster preparedness plan.
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