Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Disaster Education Network
The necessary precautions associated with the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) have made everyday life difficult to navigate over the last few weeks. Regardless of age or occupation, feelings of being overwhelmed, confused, and isolated have likely impacted us all to some degree. While we may feel we lack control over the ever-changing challenges associated with COVID-19, it is important to focus on the factors we can control.
One example of an action we can control to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 is washing our hands for 20 seconds as recommended by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Another area we have control over is choosing only reliable sources of information to make informed decisions related to COVID-19.
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension has established the Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN) to provide resources to the citizens of Texas. This website provides credible information for disaster preparedness and recovery. Recently, there has been a page added to the site specifically devoted to COVID-19. Although the page continues to be updated with the latest COVID-19 resources, some of the main topics currently covered include the following:
- Mental Health
- Food Resources
- Animal Health
The EDEN COVID-19 webpage can be accessed at texashelp.tamu.edu/coronavirus-information-resources.
Individuals who would prefer to receive COVID-19 information by telephone can call 2-1-1 and select option 6. This resource offers information on a variety of social services such as crisis counseling, unemployment benefits, senior services, as well as financial assistance for utilities, rent, and food. This option is offered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and is provided by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission.
In some communities, a local call center may have been established to answer COVID-19 questions. These call centers have likely been established by county and city officials in cooperation with volunteer organizations. Check local news sources to determine if a call center has been established in your community. These call centers are a great resource to help answer questions related to unique local needs.
It’s understandable to feel anxious or confused due to the feeling of having very little control over the current circumstance. Yet, it is important to maintain the practices we do have control over. It is hoped the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Disaster Education Network website as well as the telephone resources mentioned can assist you in finding helpful information and best practices related to COVID-19. Ultimately, it is up to each of us to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our communities and homes. Stay safe and thanks for doing your part.