When massive flood and storm damage hit Shelby County, Purdue Extension provided educational resources and recovery help. Now, the partnership between Mike Schantz, the county's emergency manager, and Purdue Extension is stronger than ever.
“When I have a problem, I turn to Extension and get help in many areas,” says Schantz. Because he faces a wide array of issues, he appreciates that he doesn’t have to be the expert on everything. When he turns to Purdue, he gets answers.
Purdue Extension showed the community how to form a long-term recovery committee that helped nearly 400 families. In 2010, that committee converted into a COAD, which stands for a Community Organization Active in Disaster. COADs are a network of people who strive to make their communities more disaster resilient. “Now we can stand up a long-term recovery committee immediately because we’ve retained the knowledge,” he says.
Schantz has advice for others regarding Purdue Extension. “If people don’t go down to the Purdue office and talk with the Extension educator, they are missing the boat. The resources they have are massive. They have resources almost every time I have an issue,” he says.