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After the Storm: Avoid Downed Trees, Power Lines

AUBURN, Ala.— After Nate passes, 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 storm. Power companies do their best to clear branches from power lines, but in strong storms, it is not always enough. It is important to be aware of your surroundings, ... 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 »

Safeguard Data and Technology in Severe Weather

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AUBURN, Ala.–When disasters strike, individuals and businesses all too often lose important computer files. You can replace equipment, but data may be lost forever. It is important to back up your data and store it someplace besides your home or business. This will reduce stress after a disaster and enable a quicker return to normalcy. Where to Back Up You can ... 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 »

Farmers Hustle to Harvest as Nate Tracks Westward, Targets Alabama

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AUBURN, Ala.— A westward shift in the projected track of Tropical Storm Nate is putting Alabama producers—and their fall crops—in the line of fire. Producers in south Alabama are putting noses to the grindstone and harvesting peanuts and sweet potatoes into the night, while farmers in central Alabama focus on peanuts and recently defoliated cotton. Nate Hurries South Alabama Farmers ... Read More »

Hurricane Preparedness–Are You Ready?

AUBURN, Ala. – Currently a tropical storm, forecasters expect Nate to become a hurricane before it arrives on the U.S. Gulf Coast this weekend.  The latest computer models indicate landfall anywhere between southeast Louisiana and the western Florida Panhandle.  Alabama residents should take time time now to ensure they are prepared. Hurricane Preparedness People throughout the nation should keep alert ... Read More »

Helping Your Child Cope With Severe Weather

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AUBURN, Ala. -Following a disaster, children may be angry, afraid of the disaster recurring and afraid to be alone or sleep alone. Children may start behaving like they did when they were younger. They might start sucking their thumbs, wet the bed or want to be held. Children could also experience symptoms of illness such as nausea, vomiting, headaches, fever ... 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 »