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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 »

Caring for Livestock After Hurricane Michael

AUBURN, Ala. – Hurricane Michael brought winds speeds of up to 155 mph and major rainfall, causing flooding in many areas of the south. Now that recovery efforts are underway, producers must also care for their livestock. Severe weather can cause stress and problems for livestock. Feed and Water      First, producers need a plan to ensure their animals have a ... Read More »

Food Safety Before and After the Storm

AUBURN, Alabama. – As Alabamians gear up for Hurricane Michael’s impact, they need to be savvy about food safety when the power goes out and if in-house flooding occurs. When you Lose Power More than likely, many people will lose power in their homes sometime during the storm. The power may be out for several hours or for days, depending ... 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Control Erosion after a Wildfire

AUBURN, Ala.—Alabama is home to beautiful forests and hundreds of woodland creatures. The extreme drought settled into the south has wreaked havoc on the forest homes of woodland creatures. Wildfires have run rampant in the state with 1,721 fires burning more than 20,000 acres since the first of October. Alabama’s Tennessee neighbors are currently fighting fires that have destroyed homes, ... 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 »