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Steven A Cain

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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 website.

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 2009.


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.


Since 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.


For more on Steve Cain see Purdue University Momentum Makers.

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