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Keep Emergency Kit and Supplies Current

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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 »

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 »

Storm Preparation Includes Farm Disaster Plans

AUBURN, Ala.— Now Tropical Storm Harvey is dropping rain across parts of Alabama.  It’s important to remember that farms in flood-prone areas, or areas where flooding is anticipated, should have an emergency plan for evacuation in case of a disaster. Farm disaster plans include planning for safety of family members and farm workers, livestock and emergency response personnel to facilitate ... Read More »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Flooding Can Happen in a Flash

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AUBURN, Ala.— Flash floods and floods are the leading cause of deaths associated with thunderstorms and hurricanes. Most flash flood fatalities occur at night, and most victims are people who become trapped in automobiles. Flash floods occur in mountain canyons, valleys, in normally dry washes and houses or towns built close to streams. However, they can occur when a large amount ... Read More »