Academic journal article Human Ecology

Ensuring Security and Safety for Our Families, Our Community, Our Nation, and Ourselves

Academic journal article Human Ecology

Ensuring Security and Safety for Our Families, Our Community, Our Nation, and Ourselves

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Our safety and the security of our families, communities, and nation remain a pressing concern for each of us in the aftermath of the horror of the attacks in New York City and Washington on September 11. Even in the midst of the holiday season and celebration of the New Year, we are still grieving the many victims who died so tragically. We in the College of Human Ecology offer our deepest sympathy to the friends and families of the victims. Across the nation and, indeed, the world, the gathering of friends and families in the comforting traditions of the holidays serves to remind us of those who are no longer with us. Our interdependence and the globalization of our economy have become startlingly real.

Within a day of the attacks, Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE), the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and our college were responding to New York citizens through our Resilient Communities program. Our assistant dean and associate director of CCE, Jo Swanson, with the assistant director of 4H/Youth Development, Cathann Kress, initiated a web site at www.cce.cornell.edu/issues/cceresponds/ to provide educational resources to help New Yorkers adjust and recover. Cornell Cooperative Extension now has in place a regional response team that is working with Cooperative Extension in New Jersey at Rutgers University and in Connecticut at the University of Connecticut to address the many needs that have arisen in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks. The focus now is on re-establishing and strengthening our communities. We are providing community development education to address the ripple effects of the disaster.

In our college, we have been particularly concerned about our children during this chaotic and emotional time. Indeed, all of our children are affected by the uncertainty and fear that surround us. …

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