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Be Prepared for Disaster
Disasters come in many forms and may happen when we least expect them. But you can be prepared. This site has many resources intended to help you prepare for disasters such as those listed above. Spending a few hours in preparation for a disaster can make recovery easier and may even save lives – your own and those of loved ones – not to mention companion animals and possessions.
August 1 saw the second named storm for this hurricane season. Tropical Storm Bertha is not expected to affect Alabama or the Gulf Coast. Not much rain fell in the past month.
July rainfall map from NWS Birmingham.
June 1 heralded in the 2014 Atlantic Basin hurricane season. In May, NOAA/National Hurricane Center issued its outlook, predicting that an anticipated El Nino will affect the number of storms. The prediction indicates
- 8 to 13 named storms (top winds of 39 mph or higher), including
- 3 to 6 hurricanes (top winds of 74 mph or higher), of which:
- 1 to 2 could be major hurricanes (Category 3, 4 or 5; winds of at least 111 mph).
Details are available here.
Resources for preparing for hurricanes and other disasters that can occur in the summer.
- Gulf of Mexico Alliance
- Alabama Homeowners Handbook to Prepare for Natural Hazards (2.7 MB download)
- ACES Floods (web page)
- eXtension Floods (web page)
- NWS Huntsville spring flood outlook for the Tennessee Valley of northern Alabama and southern middle Tennessee. Indications are average flood potential for this year.
- eXtension Wildfire Information Network (eWIN web page)
- FEMA How to Prepare for a Wildfire (PDF)
- Alabama Forestry Commission has publications, including 50 Ways to Protect Your Woodland Home from Wildfire, on protecting your home and property from fire.
Got Questions about Mad Cow Disease?
For information, news, and contacts visit the Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy page.
Foot-and-Mouth Disease is caused by a virus that infects two-toed farm and wild animals, such as cows, pigs, sheep, goats and deer. To find out more about the disease and how you can help stop its spread, click here.