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, please contact us for consideration.


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

Code Red

"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.

Instructional Videos:
Code Red Introduction

Code Red Personal Pages

Code Red Farm Pages

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.

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. 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.

In addition to the information at the Coronavirus resource site, Purdue Extension Safety Specialist Bill Field has prepared the following editorials about COVID-19's impact on agriculture:

Article 1) COVID-19 and its Impact on Production Agriculture

Article 2) Responding to COVID-19 in the Agricultural Community

Article 3)  Safety for Farm Children During COVID-19 Stay-at-Home Orders

Article 4) It’s Time to Plant – With or Without COVID-19

Article 5) Be Careful When Employing Youth to Do Farm Work This Spring – Know the Laws

Article 6) Respiratory Protection & PPE for Agricultural Workers during COVID-19

Article 7)  What's Wrong with this Picture?

Article 8)  Sharing a (Tractor) Cab Has Become More Complicated

Article 9)  A Time to Heal

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 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.

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