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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 »

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 »

Protect Backyard Bees During Tropical Storms

AUBURN, Ala.—Tropical Storm Gordon is expected to make landfall along the Gulf Coast tonight. Gordon could be a tropical storm or even a low end hurricane. In either event, backyard beekeepers may notice buzzing around the hive quiets down. Like other animals, bees sense changes in their environment. Dr. Geoffrey Williams, an assistant professor in the Auburn University College of ... 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 »

Beware of Building and Recovery Scams After Storm

Auburn, Alabama — Minutes stretch to hours as storm victims and volunteers work through the rubble and the mess to recover family heirlooms, items of clothing and other belongings. In these same hours, scam artists are devising recovery scams to swindle storm victims out of money. Storm victims want to get work done quickly and get their lives back to normal, ... Read More »

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 »

Storing Food During or After Emergencies

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AUBURN, Ala. —The 2017 hurricane season has struck the southern United States with full force. Storms have left many without power and shelter. Taking some simple precautions when dealing with food during power outages is important. These include: Working with well-scrubbed hands Cleaning all utensils, cutting boards, etc. Keeping food hot (above 140 degrees F) or cold (below 40 degrees ... 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 »