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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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Kitchen Composting

What is composting?
Mention the word composting and most people envision large wooden bins located outside with a deteriorating collection of yard clippings, leaves, and household food garbage that requires more time, space, and attention …

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Emergency Preparedness: What Should You Do? Pt 2

Understanding severe weather alerts is crucial to being prepared for possible weather emergencies.

Warning Signs for Severe Weather
Weather alerts are provided by local and regional authorities and passed on to you by the media when thr…

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Emergency Preparedness: What Should You Do? Pt 1

While man-made or natural disasters may be unpredictable, being prepared will help you and your loved ones to act decisively when such incidences occur.

National Elevated and Imminent Advisories
In April 2011, the United States Departme…

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Elements of Surprise: Don’t Get Caught Off Guard by E-Waste Contaminants

When you replace your electronic devices have you ever wondered what happens to unused or discarded items? Essentially, they exist as electronic waste (e-waste). By definition, e-waste is electronic products used for data processing, teleco…

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Edible Landscaping

Edible landscaping is the practical incorporation of edible plants into the conventional landscape to create a sustainable and productive living space. It is a creative way to merge the vegetable garden and the ornamental garden into one se…

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Drought Management Strategies for Sheep and Goats

Drought conditions occur when there is no rain or other precipitation over a prolonged period of time. During a drought, there is a shortage of water and reduced soil moisture that greatly reduces the growth and quality of forage. Although …

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Contagious Agalactia in Sheep and Goats

Contagious agalactiae (CA) is a form of mycoplasmosis. Mycoplasmosis or Mycoplasma is costly for the dairy sheep and goat industry and can lead to incidences of mastitis (inflammation of mammary glands), arthritis (inflammation of joints),…

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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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Help Children Cope

It is normal for children to be afraid, especially during or after severe weather that has caused damage. The fear may last for an extended period of time and is best handled with kindness and understanding. Guardians should encourage child…

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Caregivers’ Guide for Sheltering and Evacuating

Caregivers may need to gather and prepare additional items to supplement the standard emergency kit if they plan to shelter in place or are forced to evacuate a home.
Here are some suggestions for caregivers to consider when assembling the…

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Alabama Cottage Food Law Course

The Alabama Cottage Food Law went into effect in 2014 and provides guidance and information for cottage food entrepreneurs. The law states that individuals can produce certain nonhazardous foods in their homes. As part of the law, individua…

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Evacuations

Voluntary Evacuation
A warning to persons within a designated area that a threat to life and property exists or is likely to exist in the immediate future. Individuals issued this type of warning or order are not required to evacuate, but …

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