Human Health

For every season, there is an issue that, if not addressed, can result in a disaster of small or huge proportions. Preparation tips useful across business, community, farm, and home lines are linked here.

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

Emergencies are Inconvenient

Emergencies are never convenient; most often they seem to occur at the most inopportune times …... 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

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

Dealing With Stress After the Storm

A natural disaster such as a hurricane, not only leaves a trail of property destruction in its wake, but also... more

Alabama Extension: Storm Recovery Resources

Alabamians are cleaning up after violent storms raked the state just days after the anniversary of the deadly April 2011... more

Alabama Extension Receives USDA Grant to Promote Health Literacy

The Alabama Cooperative Extension System has been awarded a Rural Health and Safety Education Grant totaling more than $178,000 from the U.S... more

Food Safety Expert: Athens Outbreak Underscores Importance of Safeguarding against Salmonella

An Alabama Cooperative Extension System food safety specialist says that the recent outbreak of salmonella that, according to one news account,... more

September is Preparedness Month – Are You Ready?

However, September is when there is a media focus on building awareness of preparing for emergencies... more

Be prepared for Floods

StormReady (EDEN)

Tornado  Issue Page (EDEN)

Flood: History and Causes (.pdf)

Flooding: What to know and do (.pdf)

Information on topics from preparing for flooding to risk management is available on eXtension.

Other documents you may find helpful:


A Brief Guide to Mold, Moisture, and Your Home(.pdf)

Cleaning clothing and textiles (.pdf)

Disinfecting Wells Following an Emergency

Drinking Water Wells

Esure Safe Drinking Water After a Flood

Flooded Wells Need to be Cleaned

Flood Recovery: Water(.pdf)

Food and Water Safety When the Power Goes Out (.pdf)

Food Safety: It's in Your Hands! (.pdf)

Healthy Home Improvement (55-minute PowerPoint presentation narrated by Dr. Claudette Reichel, LSU AgCenter)

Livestock Carcass Disposal (.pdf)

Restoring Electrical Service after Flooding (.pdf)

What to Do After the Flood


Summertime and the living is—HOT—especially for outside workers.  Summer is also hurricane season.

Coping with Hot Work Environments (Extensión en Español publication, available in English and Spanish)

Heat Stress: Hazards and Possible Solutions (A collection of fact sheets on the U.S. Department of Labor's OSHA Web site)

Heat Stress Card (OSHA publication)

Heat Stress Card (OSHA publication, Spanish version)

Skin Cancer: Protect Yourself (ACES brochure)

Sports Nutrition for Young Adults: Hydration (ACES publication)

Sun Safe (ACES brochure)

Your Dog in Your Community (ACES publication)

Reducing Damage in Future Storms Issue Page (EDEN, hurricane-resistant building tips)

Fall means back to school and national disaster preparedness month.

Citizen Corps (Citizen Corps Councils)

Creating a Culture of Preparedness Among Schools (U.S. DHS fact sheet)

September is National Disaster Preparedness Month (EDEN)

Be Prepared for a Winter Storm and Power Outage

Imagine this. You’re minding your own business getting ready for school and work when suddenly the radio, lights, heat, and everything else electrical stops working. Just like that, you find yourself in the dark and wondering how long the power will be out. Are you paralyzed or prepared?

What you can do to be prepared for a winter storm and power outage:

  • Know where your flashlight and batteries are—and be able to easily access them. Consider purchasing battery operated lanterns for additional light sources.
  • Decide which room of the house is easiest to keep warm, plan to close doors to other rooms in the house. When the power goes out, keep outside doors closed, and close window drapes or curtains at night to retain heat. If you don’t have drapes, hang blankets over windows.  Stuff cracks around doors with rugs, newspapers, or towels.
  • If you have a gas heater, ensure it is in good working order. Be sure you know how to safely use the heater. If you have a gas or wood burning fireplace or a wood burning stove, be sure it is in good working condition. Maintain a distance of three feet between your heat source and flammable objects. Have a supply of wood on hand.
  • If you have a generator, ensure it is in good working order. Be sure you have a supply of fuel on hand. Keep generators outside. Their use in an enclosed space can kill you.
  • Check for easy access to your gas or charcoal grill if you’ve stored it for the season. Check your fuel supplies. Gas and charcoal grills are intended for outdoor use: do not use them indoors!
  • Prevent frozen or broken pipes by insulating exposed pipes.  During a power outage, open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the pipes.
  • Check insulation in attics, basements, and crawl spaces. Adequate insulation helps maintain your home’s heat.
  • Make sure you can access your first aid kit and fire extinguisher.
  • Restock food and water supplies, especially items that require no cooking or refrigeration.
  • Keep your car’s fuel tank full.

For more information on winter storm preparedness, check these resources:

Before Winter Storms and Extreme Cold (FEMA)

Extreme Cold and Winter Storms (The Disaster Handbook)

Food and Water Safety When the Power Goes Out (ACES)

Generator Safety (video, MU Extension)

Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems: Responding to Electrical Power Outages and Floods (TAMU)

Opere los generadores con el cuidado apropriado (MSU)

Snow/Ice (EDEN)

Winter Power Outages (Acreage Living newsletter, IAState)

Winter Storm (American Red Cross, also available in Spanish)

Winter Storm Facts (CDC, site is available in several languages)

Winter Storms…the Deceptive Killers (NOAA)