In 2014, a mudslide devastated a small community in rural northwestern Washington State, taking 43 lives. The disaster created ripple effects that affected families, economies, transportation, and employment in neighboring communities. This article provides details of the state land-grant university's efforts to help affected communities recover. Aspects of this response readily replicable by other land-grant universities include outreach leadership provided by local/county-based Extension faculty; creation of a response team with depth and breadth of expertise and skills; engagement of campus-based colleges, colleagues, and students; and delivery of youth development programs in affected communities. Meaningful outcomes have been achieved, and the outreach continues.
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Kerr, S., Sanders, C., Moulton, C., & Gaffney, M. (2018). The Role of Extension in a University's Response to a Natural Disaster. The Journal of Extension, 56(4), Article 23. https://doi.org/10.34068/joe.56.04.23