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PCREP: Parent-Child Reading Enhancement Program

PCREP is a resource that teaches parents and guardians techniques that will help to improve the reading level and skills of children ages 4-6 in five key areas: phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, comprehension, and fluency. Parents k…

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Grilling Alabama Seafood

On any warm evening from spring through autumn, Alabama families take part in a generations-old tradition: the backyard cookout. Besides simply being a means of preparing food, “cooking out” or grilling can also be a form of recreation …

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Preparing to Evacuate a Farm

Farms in flood-prone areas, or areas in which flooding has been anticipated, should have an emergency plan for evacuation. A farmstead disaster plan must consider the safety of family members and farm workers, livestock, and emergency respo…

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Protect Your Trees

Failing trees cause the most damage and inconvenience both during and after a storm event. Trees fail in storms because they endure stresses that exceed their ability to withstand. The weight of a falling branch, trunk, or whole tree is mas…

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Power Outages

Follow these guidelines to be prepared for power outages.

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 ro…

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Chemical Emergencies

You may be exposed to a chemical in three ways:

Breathing the chemical
Swallowing contaminated food, water, or medication
Touching the chemical, or coming into contact with clothing or things that have touched the chemical
Rem…

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Your Professional Image

Your professional wardrobe says a lot about who you are whether you are aware of it or not. Your appearance reflects how you feel about yourself and it may be the only impression a stranger gets to see. A nice appearance is an investment i…

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Severe Weather Watches and Warnings

Weather alerts are provided by local, state, and national authorities and the media when threatening climate conditions arise. Meteorologists are trained professionals equipped to analyze natural indicators of weather conditions that may be…

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Drought Preparation and Water Conservation

A drought is a period of abnormally dry weather that persists long enough to produce a serious hydrologic imbalance, causing, for example, crop damage and shortages in the water supply. The severity of a drought depends on the degree of moi…

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Flood and Water Damage

With planning, you can prevent some damage to interior contents and reduce the loss of important items. Some changes include moving items up and out of harm’s way; allowing materials to drain and dry faster; and making repairs easier to d…

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Technology

When disasters strike, individuals and businesses all too often lose important computer files. You can replace equipment, but data may be lost forever.

Before Storm
It is important to back up your data and store it someplace besides y…

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Disaster Planning for Persons with Special Needs

The Southeast is no stranger to drought, hurricanes, wildfires, and other disasters that leave a path of death and destruction. That’s why it’s important to prepare, particularly for persons that have special needs. Anyone with special …

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Excessive Heat

In recent years, excessive heat has caused more deaths than all other weather events, including floods.
You will likely hear weather forecasters use certain terms.
Excessive Heat Watch: Conditions are favorable for an excessive heat event…

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Emergency Preparation for Dogs

Following are some measures that can be taken to prevent losing your dog in an emergency:

Make sure your dog wears a properly fitted collar that includes current identification, license and and rabies tags.
An appropriate identification…

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