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Emergency Preparedness for Rural Families

Emergency Preparedness for Rural Families is an upcoming four-part extension workshop for women in agriculture will focus on emergency preparedness for rural families.The program will be held at numerous locations across Nebraska and Indiana and virtually. The series will focus on farm and ranch emergency management, first aid, fire protection, and hazardous materials. 
Dates: March 5, 7, 12, & 14
Time: 5:30-8:30 pm Eastern
Cost In-person Sessions: $50 per person by Feb. 20 (after that $60) 
Cost Virtual Sessions: $75 per person by Feb. 20 (after that $80) 


In-person Sites Include: 

  • Angola Steuben — County Community Building, 317 S. Wayne St
  • Bloomfield — Community Event Center at the Greene County Fairgrounds, 4503 W. State Road 54
  • Columbia City — Purdue Extension - Whitley County, 524 Branch Court
  • Columbus — Purdue Extension- Bartholomew County, 783 S. Marr Rd
  • Greentown — Howard County 4-H Fairgrounds - Lead Center, 610 E. Payton St
  • Plymouth — Marshall County Building - Extension Office, 112 W. Jefferson St.
  • Portland — Portland Fire Department, 1616 N. Franklin Street
  • Princeton — Gibson County Fairgrounds, 709 N. Embree
  • Valparaiso — MAAC Center, 4203 Montdale Park Drive
  • Veedersburg — Fountain County Fairgrounds, 476 W. US HWY 136
  • Winchester - Randolph County Fairgrounds, 1885 S. US HWY 27

The program is a collaboration between extension women in Agriculture programs at Purdue University and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

 According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, agricultural occupations have high rates of work-related injuries and deaths. While not all emergencies result in bodily injury or death, they also may cost rural families in other ways.

“Women play a critical role in ensuring the safety of their homes and rural communities,” said Jessica Groskopf, director of the Nebraska Women in Agriculture program. “In many farm and ranch families, safety is an important topic, but it sometimes gets overlooked because it does not directly impact profitability.”

Each state’s workshop sites will be hosted by local extension personnel. Keynote speakers will be simulcast to each location, and each site will provide additional speakers and hands-on activities. Dinner will be included.

Groskopf said the program’s structure is intended to strengthen networks of women in rural areas, which can provide opportunities for building trust and sharing information. “Connections are so important to rural women,” she said. “We have seen the benefits that come from knowing your peers, having a place to share difficulties, and mitigate the isolation that so many of us in agriculture often feel.”

The workshops seek to help participants initiate preventative practices, set up a plan to deal with emergencies before they occur and be more comfortable reacting to emergency situations.

This project was supported by a grant from NCRCRD through funding from USDA NIFA Award #2022-51150-38141.  ​

For questions or concerns, please contact Jenna Nees at or 765-653-8411. 

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