During emergency situations, such as natural disasters or the current pandemic, there may not be immediate access to research-based information or information may be nonexistent or conflicting. In such scenarios, Extension personnel may be required to make best guesses based on “what is known so far.” Depending on the urgency of the situation, Extension personnel should draw on opinions and expertise from diverse networks of people and resources before making a best guess. When making a best guess, the Extension professional should follow up to determine whether any information disseminated and recommendations made were correct or not. In either case, the result should be made known.
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Nash, A., Brown, S. C., & Cascio, J. (2021). Importance of Best Guesses in Emergency Situations. Journal of Extension, 58(3), Article 31. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol58/iss3/31