Place Category: 2017
On Saturday March 25, 2017 The Alabama Cooperative Extension System’s Urban Affairs and New Nontraditional Programs unit held its first Urban Living Expo (ULE) in Huntsville, Alabama. It was a disaster preparedness event that offered interactive displays, speakers, and educational information targeting individuals, families, local businesses, organizations and the community at-large. The well-planned event was supported by Extension, Alabama Mountains, Rivers, and Valleys RC&D Council, and over fifty exhibitors and sponsors. An evaluation of Expo participants revealed overall satisfaction with the quality of the event, and significant gains in knowledge concerning disaster preparedness. Ninety-two percent of the participants stated that they would implement the best management practices (BMPs) learned and 82% felt that the practices could save lives. In keeping with Alabama Cooperative Extension’s mission of serving the needs of individual and families, the remaining box lunches were shared with Visible Hope http://visiblehope.org/), a local nonprofit that assists homeless people to provide shelter and food when possible, by Extension Specialist Dr. Dorothy Brandon. According to Mr. Dell Mitchell, founder and organizer of Visible Hope, people were “… so excited that someone thought of them on this rainy day and came out. One lady praised Extension because her and her kids hadn’t eaten since Friday morning”. In summary, over 300 people benefited from the activities of the Urban Living Expo (ULE) and multiple organizations were afforded an opportunity to share their services and disaster preparedness resources with the public.
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