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

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 New York City: see New York, city.
New York City

City (pop., 2000: 8,008,278), southeastern New York, at the mouth of the Hudson River. The largest city in the U.S.
 and Washington on September 11. Even in the midst Adv. 1. in the midst - the middle or central part or point; "in the midst of the forest"; "could he walk out in the midst of his piece?"
 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 College of Human Ecology is the name of several colleges at various universities dealing with the study of human ecology:

In the United States:
  • College of Human Ecology at Cornell University
  • College of Human Ecology at East Carolina University
 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 globalization

Process by which the experience of everyday life, marked by the diffusion of commodities and ideas, is becoming standardized around the world. Factors that have contributed to globalization include increasingly sophisticated communications and transportation
 of our economy have become startlingly star·tle  
v. star·tled, star·tling, star·tles
1. To cause to make a quick involuntary movement or start.

2. To alarm, frighten, or surprise suddenly. See Synonyms at frighten.

Within a day of the attacks, Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE CCE Cornell Cooperative Extension
CCE Corporate and Continuing Education
CCE Coca-Cola Enterprises Inc.
CCE Commission de Coopération Environnementale
CCE Centre for Continuing Education
CCE College of Continuing Education
CCE Certified Computer Examiner
), the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is the name of several colleges at different universities that offer instruction in agriculture and the life sciences.
  • The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at the University of Arizona
, and our college were responding to New York New York, state, United States
New York, Middle Atlantic state of the United States. It is bordered by Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and the Atlantic Ocean (E), New Jersey and Pennsylvania (S), Lakes Erie and Ontario and the Canadian province of
 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 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 The University of Connecticut is the State of Connecticut's land-grant university. It was founded in 1881 and serves more than 27,000 students on its six campuses, including more than 9,000 graduate students in multiple programs.

UConn's main campus is in Storrs, Connecticut.
 to address the many needs that have arisen in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks September 11 attacks

Series of airline hijackings and suicide bombings against U.S. targets perpetrated by 19 militants associated with the Islamic extremist group al-Qaeda.
. 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. Professor James Garbarino has written several pieces on how to help our children cope with this tragedy, which are available on the CCE web site and are summarized in part in the brief article "Helping Children Cope with Terrorism" in this issue. He also has addressed a special session of the National Council on Family Relations, has conducted a training session for extension educators in New York City, and is working with schools and community partners through the ACT for Youth network in New York.

We are painfully reminded that our sense of safety and the perception of risk in our daily lives have been profoundly altered. Risk assessment entails understanding, evaluating, monitoring, and estimating risk for any hazard in order to analyze the risk-benefit and develop scientifically based, effective risk management strategies and policies. Risk does vary among us based on our life stage, susceptibility, and exposure. The vulnerability of our children and elderly, as well as of other groups at higher risk, needs our special attention now more than ever. Risk communication to citizens, health care providers, and safety officials must address not only scientific risk assessment but also our perception of risk. Indeed, how we perceive risk for any given hazard is a function of our own individual psychology as well as our social, cultural, and political contexts.

In this issue of Human Ecology, you will find articles focusing on the college's research and outreach on some biological, chemical, physical, social, and emotional risks. These research and outreach efforts assess risks, inform policies, protect us from those risks, and promote our safety. Now more than ever we need to ensure the security and safety of our families, our community, our nation, and ourselves.

Rebecca Q

James C. Morgan Dean
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Date:Dec 1, 2001
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