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Be Safe After a Disaster

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AUBURN, Ala. – The calm after the storm is when homeowners head out to assess damages to homes and property.  When natural disasters strike, take care of yourself and your family first. There are serious problems to deal with before recovery begins. Illness or injury may result from contaminated water, debris-filled roadways, electrical and fire hazards and displaced wildlife. Follow ... Read More »

Preparation for Power Outages

AUBURN, Ala. – With Tropical Storm Nate approaching, Alabama residents should prepare for power outages. The exact path Irma will take is unclear, but there is potential for strong winds and heavy rains in Alabama. There are several guidelines to ready homeowners for outages. Following these guidelines will make power outages more bearable for families during time without power. Homeowners ... Read More »

Hurricane Evacuations: What You Need to Know

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AUBURN, Ala. – During hurricane season, there are times when people need to evacuate from an area for their safety. There are two types of evacuations that you may encounter, voluntary evacuations and mandatory/directed evacuations. It is important to know the differences between these evacuations and how to act during them. Voluntary Evacuation  A voluntary evacuation is a warning to ... Read More »

Alabama Extension: Recovery Resource for State’s Residents

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AUBURN, Ala.—Irma will pass over Alabama sometime Monday most likely as a tropical storm, but the storm’s impacts will be felt by Alabama residents for the coming days, weeks and possibly months. Dr. Gary Lemme, director of the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, reminds citizens that Alabama Extension professionals will be partners in recovery efforts. “Extension has a wealth of recovery ... Read More »

Caregivers’ Guide for Sheltering and Evacuating

AUBURN, Ala.—On any ordinary day, caregivers have many responsibilities caring for their patients. These responsibilities are amplified during emergency situations. As millions evacuate in Florida and Georgia, Alabama Extension professionals have some tips to share. In emergency situations, caregivers may need to gather and prepare additional items to the standard emergency kit if they plan to shelter in place or are ... Read More »

Keep Emergency Kit and Supplies Current

Stock Emergency Supplies

AUBURN, Alabama — When did you update your emergency kit? Don’t just pack your kit and forget about it.  With Hurricane Irma just a few days away from the United States coast, finalize your preparations now. Store in Accessible Location Put your emergency kit and supplies in a safe and easily accessible location.  For a complete list of what to ... Read More »

Vinegar as a Cleaning Agent

AUBURN, Ala. – As today’s society fixates on organic and all natural products, homemade cleaning supplies have become a trend that dominates the world of green products. Vinegar has become a popular cleaning agent replacement for people trying a more natural approach to store-bought cleaners. The acidic-based chemical is a healthy and cheap option when you compare it to some store-bought ... Read More »

Are you Ready? Stock Basics for Emergencies

Stock Emergency Supplies

AUBURN, Ala. – Now Tropical Storm Harvey is dumping rain in Alabama. While Harvey is not likely to cause extensive damage in the state, Alabama Extension encourages people to stock some basic items in  in case of emergencies.  These include water, food, first aid supplies, clothing, bedding, tools and special items, such as a battery-operated radio, extra batteries and flashlights. ... Read More »

Body Quest Encourages Better Food and Drink Choices, Increase Physical Activity

Body Quest

AUBURN, Ala.— A group of anime characters, the Body Quest Warriors, are leading the fight to prevent childhood obesity. For the past seven years, thousands of third graders across Alabama have taken charge of their health by participating in Alabama Extension’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program–Education (SNAP-Ed) obesity prevention initiative Body Quest: Food of the Warrior. The innovative youth initiative brings technology ... Read More »

Extension Spotlight: Henry Dorough

Auburn, Alabama —From the farm to the forest, Talladega County Extension Coordinator Henry Dorough has one driving force, helping people. Helping Farmers Committed to helping farmers see success, Dorough cherishes the relationships and the victories he experiences through his work as an agent. “Part of the job is going out and finding the research and the data to help farmers ... Read More »