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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 »

Flash Flooding Possible with Tropical Storm Gordon

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AUBURN, Ala. – Hurricane, tropical storm and storm surge warnings are in effect for parts of the central Gulf Coast including Mobile and Baldwin counties in Alabama. Tropical Storm Gordon is expected to reach hurricane strength before landfall late Tuesday. Some counties are in a significant threat area while others are in an elevated threat area. Heavy rainfall is likely to ... Read More »

Emergency Preparation for Dogs

AUBURN, Ala.—Emergency preparation for families includes the family pet. When preparing for severe weather, dog owners need to take several steps to prepare their animals for the weather. The following are measures that can be taken to keep your dog safe and prepared in an emergency. Collars Make sure that your dog wears a properly fitting collar that includes current ... Read More »

Getting Your Life Back After Identity Theft

AUBURN, Ala. – Identity theft is among the top three consumer complaints in the United States in 2017, according to the Federal Trade Commission. In today’s society, many purchases begin with either “swipe your credit card here” or “insert your credit card into the chip reader below.” How careful are you when making transactions? Someone can take your identity in a matter ... Read More »

Extension Offers Diabetes Education Programs

AUBURN, Ala. –More than 634,000 people in Alabama, live with diabetes. According to the American Diabetes Association, another estimated 127,000 Alabamians have this disease but don’t know it. Alabama Extension offers various diabetes education programs to citizens across the state. Donna Shanklin, an Alabama Extension coordinator for Lawrence County, working in human nutrition, diet and health, said these programs go ... Read More »

Childhood Obesity in Alabama

AUBURN, Ala. – Childhood obesity has tripled in the last 30 years. Studies show that nearly 15 percent of American children ages 2 to 19 are considered overweight and 16 percent are considered obese. Childhood Obesity Problems Dr. Sondra Parmer, an Alabama Extension specialist in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – Education (SNAP-Ed), said obesity can affect a child’s life in ... Read More »

Pet Health Vaccinations: Also Important for Humans

AUBURN, Ala.—Making sure pets are up to date on all vaccinations is a big part of overall pet health. Vaccinating pets is important not only for the pet, but also for the owner. There are a number of diseases animals can contract if they are not up to date on vaccines. This puts the animal’s and owner’s health at risk. Check-ups ... Read More »

Drying Out After a Flood

AUBURN, Ala. — Some Alabama counties received large amounts of rainfall over the past few days. Subtropical Storm Alberto is expected to bring large amounts of rainfall to South Alabama. Some areas are under an extreme, significant or elevated threat of flooding for this weekend and early next week. Flooding can cause major damage to buildings and homes. After severe ... Read More »

Identity Theft: Be Safe Not Sorry

AUBURN, Alabama — Identity theft was among the top three consumer complaints in the United States in 2017, according to the Federal Trade Commission. In today’s society, many purchases begin with one of the following statements. Swipe your credit card here. Insert your credit card into the chip reader below. Be Careful When Making Transactions “The Department of Justice reports the most ... Read More »

Exercise: Beneficial for Your Body

AUBURN, Ala. – Exercise is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. There are many ways that people can be active and get the exercise their body needs. Helen Jones, an Alabama Extension regional agent of Human Nutrition, Diet and Health, said that while they can help, gym memberships are not a requirement to be healthy. “Being physically active is ... Read More »