AUBURN, Alabama—Almost two months remain in the 2017 hurricane season, and every Alabama family needs to prepare for hurricane and other types of severe weather. In a single year, the gamut of extreme weather may range from tornadoes in the spring to violent thunderstorms and flash flooding in the summer as well as fall hurricanes and ice storms in the winter.
The Alabama Cooperative Extension System has an iBook to help families, businesses and communities prepare for storms and clean up after they pass. The Emergency Handbook is a comprehensive resource for emergency planning, preparation and storm recovery. It is available as a free download from iBooks and can be found on the Extension website.
The Emergency Handbook is filled with resources and information that connect to every family, business and community in Alabama,” said Dr. Gary Lemme, director of Alabama Extension. “Built on research-based knowledge from Auburn University and other land-grant institutions including Clemson University, the University of Florida and Mississippi State University, it also draws on resources like the Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Quite simply, we compiled best of our information, intended for you to use during the worst of situations.”
Emergency Handbook Topics
The Emergency Handbook contains more than 100 pages in four broad categories including People and Pets, Home and Business, Landscape and Garden, and Farms and Livestock.
- Stock the basics for emergencies
- Caregivers guide for sheltering and evacuating
- Caring for pets during storms and evacuations
- Helping children cope
- Food storage charts – indicating how long food is safe to eat after the power goes out
- And more
- Personal safety after a storm
- Threats from Fire Ants, snakes and other wildlife after a storm
- Reentering and cleaning up a flooded home
- Recovering family treasures
- Saving damaged trees
- And more
While Alabama Extension developed and refined much of the Emergency Handbook’s content, WSFA-TV’s team led by Josh Johnson created graphics and short videos to add depth to the book’s overall content.
- Alabama’s Wild Weather
- Lightening is Frightening
- Hurricanes in Alabama
- Preparing for Evacuation
- Flooding Can Be Deadly
- Electric Generator Safety
Lemme encouraged Alabamians to bookmark the Emergency Handbook website and to download the book to their iPads. The first section of the handbook focuses on advanced preparation so concerns about Internet connectivity and battery life are not as relevant.