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Drought Takes a Toll on Mental Health

Slowly, the earth loses its moisture … Row crops don’t make it to harvest or... more


September 30 -- Homecoming weekend on the Plains begins today … Big tents are... more

Atlantic Hurricane Season Begins When the Calendar Turns to June

Alabama hasn't felt the impacts of a hurricane since 2005 when wind damage from Hurricane Katrina extended into northern Alabama... more

It's Never Too Late to Give

This is not a request for money … Rather, it's a reminder that we... more

Electric Air!

I love this time of year … There’s an electric quality to the air and... more

Humid + Muggy = Humugity

Every time I've stepped outdoors the last few days, I imagined that I stepped into a room in which someone was pouring water on... more

Summer Thunderstorms: Lightning Safety

July 17 – The 2015 Barbasol Championship golf tournament is taking place on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Grand National... more

Do One Thing to Prepare for Disaster

America's PrepareAthon!℠ was launched in 2013 as a national, grassroots campaign for action to increase community preparedness and resilience through... more

What's Your Plan if the Power is Out?

I don’t know about you, but I depend on electricity for nearly everything I do. It powers all sorts of appliances... more

Alabamians Be Prepared: Hurricane Season Runs from June 1 through November 30

Hurricane season began June 1 and runs through November 30 … Although meteorologists are... more

Your Home

Home is where the heart is. It’s a place we like to think is secure from all harm, but too often our houses are not free from hazards and we are not prepared to respond to emergencies as they occur. Sometimes the emergency is really a disaster we can’t control. We can, however, take time to prepare before a disaster hits. We can also prevent many accidents.

The Alabama Department of Insurance provides information for consumers and insurance agents on disaster preparedness.

American Red Cross provides a wealth of information and links to services.

The Federal Communications Commission's Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau wants you and your family to be able to communicate in a disaster. Tips for communicating in an emergency include recommendations for all users and additional tips for people with disabilities and for communications providers.

Federal Emergency Management Agency has developed an extensive website for disaster preparedness. Ready.gov provides information on how to prepare a disaster supply kit, emergency planning for people with disabilities, how to locate and evacuate to a shelter and even contingency planning for family pets. Man-made threats from hazardous materials and terrorism are also treated in detail.

Emergency Financial First Aid Kit is a tool created in partnership with U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Citizen Corp and Operation HOPE. The publication lists five tips for preparing for emergencies and provides forms for families to complete. The forms are useful for keeping financial records in order to help maintain stability in the event of an emergency.

Recovery After Disaster: The Family Financial Toolkit is a nine-unit resource that discusses strategies and provides tools that can help you move along the road toward financial recovery following a disaster. Developed by Extension specialists at University of Minnesota and North Dakota State University, the toolkit can be used in its entirety or in single units, depending on your requirements.

The National Safety Council provides dozens of fact sheets on topics that focus on driving, safety inside and outside the home and other issues in its Fact Sheet Library.

Your Community

Disasters affect entire communities, from services such as water and electricity to the local economy and school systems. Everyone has a role in preparing for an emergency or a disaster. The following links provide resources to help you prepare for disasters. Use them to make your community a safer place to live and work.

Preparing for Disasters

The Alabama Forestry Commission provides information about rural community fire protection as well as current status of county fire alerts.

Alabama's Water Quality Program includes a comprehensive database of answers to questions on a variety of water-related topics. The questions are subcategorized under general information or one of the eight current USDA/CSREES water quality themes.

The U.S. Department of Education emergency planning page describes several emergency planning resources available to schools.

U. S. Department of Labor, Office of Safety and Health Administration provides technical links to safety and health topics.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Web site includes a comprehensive emergency preparedness and response page. It includes current agents (bioterrorism and chemical), diseases and other threats.

The Disaster Education Guide, produced by the National Disaster Education Coalition,“has been developed to assist anyone providing disaster safety information to the public.…Users of this guide may include emergency managers, meteorologists, teachers, disaster and fire educators, public affairs/public relations personnel, mitigation specialists, media personnel and/or any other person in the severe weather, earthquake, disaster, or communications communities.”

The Federal Emergency Management Agency Success Stories and Case Studies list examples of communities that have developed plans and activities that focus on the prevention of loss of life and damage to buildings and other structures.

Federal Emergency Management AgencyReady Kids (FEMA)

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 4 includes Alabama. The Web site provides access to compliance assistance, financial and grant information and other resources.

Severe Weather

National Weather Service’s StormReady program was begun in 1999 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The program helps communities “with the communication and safety skills needed to save lives and property—before and during the event. StormReady helps community leaders and emergency managers strengthen local safety programs.”

University of Missouri Extension's Storms &Tornadoes site provides information on Family, Food & Water, Financial Management, General Safety, Home, Yard & Farm, and Spanish Language Publications.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency also provides the following links: