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Prepare Now–Avoid Flood and Water Damage Later

AUBURN, Ala. – Tropical Storm Cindy has dumped heavy rains from Texas to Alabama, causing localized flooding in many locations.  Advance preparations can reduce your risk of flood damage to interior contents and reduce loss of important items. Before making any changes, check with your local code and housing officials, insurance representatives and floodplain manager to ensure the changes meet regulations. ... Read More »

Beware of Fire Ants During Heavy Rains and Floods

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AUBURN, Ala.— Tropical storm Cindy promises to bring heavy rains to Alabama and possibly flash flooding.  When floodwaters come, humans are not the only ones looking for dry ground. In areas infested with red imported fire ants, these ants and their colonies can present a potentially serious medical threat to people and animals during and after a flood. Flood Waters ... Read More »

Are you Ready? Stock Basics for Emergencies

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AUBURN, Ala. – A tropical system in the Gulf of Mexico appears poised to be the first tropical storm to make landfall in the United States this year. The National Weather Service has warned that the system’s rains mean significant flash flooding is possible. Coastal Alabama is at higher risk,  but the entire state could be at risk from the ... Read More »

Hurricane Preparedness–Are You Ready?

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AUBURN, Alabama —The 2017 Atlantic hurricane season began June 1, and the peak period of the season is August through October.  Now is the time to make sure you have completed your hurricane preparedness tasks. A major hurricane is one that is Category 3 or stronger on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. It has sustained winds greater than 110 miles per ... Read More »

Hurricane Season Begins June 1

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AUBURN, Alabama — The 2017 Atlantic hurricane season begins June 1. That week throughout the nation is Hurricane Awareness Week. A campaign led by the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and storm-vulnerable states are encouraging residents to increase their awareness and preparedness for the upcoming hurricane season. The peak period of the season is August through ... Read More »

Alabama Extension to Hold Disaster Preparedness Expo March 25 in Huntsville

Huntsville,  Alabama — Natural and manmade disasters have the ability to disrupt lives, and without careful planning can have adverse effects for years to come. To help individuals, families, businesses and non-profit organizations to better prepare, the Alabama Cooperative Extension System’s Urban Affairs and New Nontraditional Programs unit will hold its first Urban Living Expo (ULE) Saturday, March 25  from ... Read More »

Drying Out After a Flood

AUBURN, Ala. – Flooding can cause major damage to buildings and homes. After severe weather, homeowners begin the task of drying out after the floodwaters recede. Before entering any building, make sure it is structurally sound. The following are steps for drying out after a flood. Drying Out the House To begin, remove as much water as possible, using pumps, wet-dry vacuums, squeegees, ... Read More »

Field and Garden Flood Recovery

AUBURN, Ala.— Flooding causes destruction where ever it occurs. Often homes and businesses take the brunt of flood damage. Field and garden flood recovery are equally important in the aftermath of a natural disaster. If your backyard garden was in a flooded area, chances are it lost some nitrogen and will need refertilization. It is important to wait several days before ... Read More »

Storing Food During or After Emergencies

The first winter storm of 2017 has people concerned about power outages and food safety.  Taking some simple precautions when preparing food for storage is important. These include: Working with well-scrubbed hand Cleaning all utensils, cutting boards, etc. Keeping food hot (above 140 degrees F) or cold (below 40 degrees F) Common bacteria can become dangerous if given an ideal ... Read More »

Preparation for Power Outages

AUBURN, Ala. – During severe weather the risk of a power outage increases. There are several guidelines to ready homeowners for these times. Following these guidelines will make power outages a lot easier. Homeowners should always know where their flashlight and batteries are. They should be in a place that can be easily accessed. You might consider purchasing battery operated ... Read More »