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Are you Ready? Stock Basics for Emergencies

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AUBURN, Ala. – A tropical system in the Gulf of Mexico appears poised to be the first tropical storm to make landfall in the United States this year. The National Weather Service has warned that the system’s rains mean significant flash flooding is possible. Coastal Alabama is at higher risk,  but the entire state could be at risk from the ... 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 »

Resources to Ease Winter Storm Worries

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AUBURN, Ala.—As a winter storm moves across the South, Alabama Extension offers recommendations for how to prepare for ice, loss of electricity and other impacts from the storm. A free online resource is Extension’s Emergency Handbook is filled with information to help you weather this storm successfully.  You can download it to your iPad or iPhone from iBooks. The Emergency Handbook contains more than 100 pages ... 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 »

Be Prepared for Severe Weather This Week

Auburn, Alabama—Meterologists have been warning Alabamians for almost a week about the potential for severe weather Tuesday and Wednesday. A cold front is expected to sweep through Alabama Tuesday night/Wednesday morning has the potential to produce strong to severe thunderstorms. Both the American and European weather models continue to stay in agreement and are now showing our potential severe weather ... 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 »

How to Prepare for Severe Cold Weather Conditions

Winter has come early in some parts of the country. In mid-November temperatures dropped into the 20’s  with wind chills in the teens, while in the North, records amount of snow, wind and below-freezing temperatures caused chaos. Usually severe cold and heavy snowfalls don’t occur until mid-winter (January or February).  In the northern parts of the United States, roads have been shut down, some people have been stranded in cars for up ... Read More »