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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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Ready or Not Hurricane Season is Here

AUBURN, Ala.— The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Center says the 2016 Atlantic hurricane season, which runs from June 1 through Nov. 30, will most likely be near-normal. Experts say uncertainty in the climate signals that influence Atlantic storm formation make predicting this season particularly difficult. A total of 14 named storms, eight hurricanes and three major hurricanes ... Read More »

Fire Ants Riding Flood Waters

AUBURN, Ala. — Following a flood, humans and insects are generally forced from their homes in search of dry ground. In many Southern areas where Imported Red Fire Ants are common, the displacement of the insects can lead to potentially serious medical issues. Why Do Fire Ants Float? Floodwaters do not kill fire ants. Instead, these insects crawl out of their ... Read More »

Emergency Handbook Available for Mobile Devices

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Alabama Extension and WSFA-TV Partner in Emergency Handbook AUBURN, Alabama—Every Alabama family needs to prepare for severe weather. In a single year, the gamut of extreme weather may range from tornadoes in the spring to violent thunderstorms and flash flooding in the summer to fall hurricanes and ice storms in the winter. The Alabama Cooperative Extension System has a new ... Read More »