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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 »

Moving Forward After the Storm

AUBURN, Ala.—Recent severe weather in northeast Alabama took lives and damaged property. For those beginning clean up and recovery efforts, Alabama Extension professionals have some tips to share. Dealing with Stress After a Storm Restoring homes and property after storm can be emotionally taxing and stressful. Be patient. This applies to family members and to workers helping with storm cleanup. Recovery takes time. ... Read More »

After the Storm: Avoid Downed Trees, Power Lines

AUBURN, Ala.—The first rain falling on drought-stricken Alabama came with strong winds, heavy rains and severe weather. Authorities are reporting at least three casualties and six critical injuries in northeast Alabama after storms hit over night. Fallen trees and downed power lines are the most common reasons for power outages after a storm. Power companies do their best to clear ... Read More »

Be Safe After a Disaster

AUBURN, Ala. – While Alabama is dodging the fury of Hurricane Matthew, millions along the Atlantic coast from Florida to the Carolinas are in his path.  It is important for Alabama residents to remember the importance of being prepared for a hurricane or other severe weather. When natural disasters strike, take care of yourself and your family first. There are ... Read More »

September 30 is National PrepareAthon Day

AUBURN, Ala. – Friday, Sept. 30, is National PrepareAthon Day. On this national day of action, everyone is encouraged to get involved with their communities by doing preparedness activities. The month of September is National Preparedness Month (NPM). The goal of this month is to bring awareness to disaster education so that people can prepare for the types of emergencies that occur. ... Read More »