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Take Control of Credit Cards and Debt

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. – For some, managing credit card balances and other debts is difficult. There are thousands of people who fall into this category, but by changing money habits, it is possible to make debt manageable. Wil Golden,  an Alabama Extension county coordinator in Macon County, offers several tips on how to stop adding to existing debt and to start ... Read More »

Extending The Life of Your Jack-O-Lantern this Halloween

AUBURN, Ala. – Many would say that it just wouldn’t be Halloween without the main symbol of the holiday; the jack-o-lantern. With Halloween just around the corner, people are heading to pick the perfect pumpkin for carving the family jack-o-lantern. Jack-o-lanterns have a seemingly short life span. However, there are a few things that people can do to preserve the ... Read More »

Keep Children Safe This Halloween

AUBURN, Ala.- It is almost time for Halloween. Soon, children will be roaming neighborhoods, trick-or-treating to see what types of candy they can get. With this fun comes a great deal of risks for children. There are many food and clothing safety precautions that parents and homeowners should take before planning trick or treat adventures. “The excitement of both children ... Read More »

Disaster Assistance for Homeowners and Renters

FEMA Assistance

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. – There are several types of disaster assistance for homeowners and renters after a disaster. Individual assistance can include grants to help pay for a rental house, home repairs as well as other serious disaster-related expenses not met by insurance or other assistance programs. Even if you have insurance, you may still be eligible for assistance. The ... Read More »

Alabama Extension Launches Hurricane Recovery Website

AUBURN, Ala.— Alabama Extension has created a special website to help people recover from Hurricane Michael. The website, MichaelRecoveryInfo.com, is a source of information on recovery for families, communities, and those in the agricultural industry. There you will find information on disaster assistance, storm cleanup, chain saw safety, scams after a disaster, mold abatement, post-storm tree assessment and also much more. ... Read More »

Stink Bugs: Unwelcome Fall Guests

AUBURN, Ala. – While many welcome the cooler weather associated with fall, with it comes unwelcome guests: stink bugs. These noisy bugs, known for their pungent smell, enter many homes in the fall looking for a place to spend the winter. An Extension specialist offers tips and control methods to battle stink bugs. Dr. Xing Ping Hu, an Alabama Extension ... Read More »

Chainsaw Safety Critical Part of Storm Clean Up

AUBURN, Ala. – This week’s hurricane brought down many limbs and trees in Alabama, Florida and Georgia. Cleaning up after the storm often brings out chainsaws from professionals, homeowners and landowners. Dr. Mathew Smidt, an Alabama Extension forestry specialist, encourages those who help with storm cleanup to stay safe. “Reread your chainsaw manual and wear the appropriate personal protective equipment,” ... Read More »

Exercise Caution During Clean Up After Hurricane Michael

AUBURN, Ala.—In the aftermath of Hurricane Michael, residents across the south are surveying the damage and starting to plan clean up efforts. Henry Dorough, who leads Alabama Extension‘s severe weather response efforts, said residents should heed safety warnings when they venture out to assess damages. Fallen trees and downed power lines are the most common reasons for power outages after a ... Read More »

Prepare Technology Before Hurricane Michael Comes Knocking

Plugging a phone into a portable charger.

AUBURN, Ala. – Make sure your family, house and /or business are ready to weather Hurricane Michael when he comes ashore later this week. Before the Storm Take steps now to prepare for you and your loved ones to be safe in the hurricane or evacuation. Be ready to grab important items and head for a safer location. Checklists for ... Read More »

Alabama Get Ready Now for Hurricane Michael

AUBURN, Ala. –By the middle of the week, Hurricane Michael is expected to threaten the northwestern Gulf Coast as a strong hurricane. The storm rapidly intensified from Sunday morning into Monday morning.  Storm surge, damaging winds and heavy rain are likely impacts along the northeastern Gulf Coast including Alabama. A hurricane watch is posted for the northeast Gulf Coast from ... Read More »