Steve Cain is the Purdue
Extension Disaster Communication Specialist and the Indiana Point of Contact
for the Extension Disaster Education Network
(EDEN). He ensures that citizens of Indiana have resources to address Indiana
disasters through personal contact in disaster-affected areas and the Purdue/EDEN
When not responding to or helping individuals and
communities recover from disaster, Cain focuses on helping communities become
more prepared for disaster. His principle efforts focus on starting Community Organizations
Active in Disaster (COAD). About one-third of Indiana counties now have
COADs, there were no COADs in the state before Cain started this project in
Cain serves as President of the Indiana Voluntary
Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) and a member of the board for National VOAD.
Cain has been a major player in four national, USDA team
awards for disaster education:
Award for Superior Service in 1988,
Group Honor Award for Excellence in 2002,
The Partnership Team Award for Efficient Use of Resources in 2009
The Partnership Award for Innovative Program Models in 2010.
2002, Cain has served as EDEN Homeland Security
Project Director. In 2005, he was selected as an agroterrorism consultant to
the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies on a Guide To Traffic Control of
Rural Roads in an Agricultural Emergency. In 2009, he was elected
President of the Indiana Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster. And in
2010 was elected to the board
of the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster.
He has published thousands of articles nationally. In the
1970’s and 80’s, Cain was an agricultural journalist. Since 1987, he has been a
communication specialist for Purdue Extension. From 1989 to 2003, he was also a
contributing writer to World Book’s Science Yearbook. In 1997 and 1998, he
hosted the nationally-televised Science and Technology Report for Direct TV's
Channel Earth. In the 1990’s, Cain was a volunteer, communication
consultant in Bulgaria, Croatia, Estonia, Russia and Uganda.
In 2011, Cain and, his son, Ryan, raised money for multiple sclerosis
when they rode two motorcycles to the Arctic Circle in an event called Cain’s Cause.
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