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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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Diabetes in an Emergency

The American Diabetes Association has received questions concerning what a person with diabetes should do in an emergency. It is difficult to give advice that will be correct for every person involved, as each person’s situation with diab…

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Stress Management

Here are 15 tips to help reduce stress in your life:
Plan and organizing. Using time wisely to think and plan is time well spent. In fact, if you fail to take time for planning, you are, in effect, planning to fail. Organize in a way that …

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Stock the Basics for Emergencies

There are some basic items you should stock in your home or established shelter. These include water, food, first aid supplies, clothing, bedding, tools, and special items such as a battery-operated weather radio, extra batteries, flashligh…

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Produce Safety Rule

Produce (fruits and nuts, fungi, root, leafy, sprout and vine-stalk vegetables) is the number one cause of foodborne illness in the United States. These outbreaks account for nearly half of all foodborne illnesses.

A new produce safety r…

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Nutrient Requirements of Beef Cattle

Understanding beef cattle nutrient requirements is a critical step in developing a nutritional management strategy for the herd. Nutritional decision making is
a key factor determining beef cattle production and profitability. Adeq…

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Cloverbuds

The Cloverbud program is a special part of the total Alabama 4-H youth development program. It is a way to build confidence, social skills, decision-making abilities, knowledge, and physical skills of 5 to 8 year olds. In Cloverbuds, young …

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Manufactured Home Safety

Proper installation of your manufactured home and a few precautions will help you to prevent storm and fire damage. The Forty-Second Congress of the United States passed the National Manufactured Housing Construction and Safety Act in 1974…

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Backyard Composting

In Alabama, a family of four generates an average of 2.5 tons of garbage per year—nearly a half ton of which is yard refuse and kitchen waste that can be composted. According to the EPA, Americans recycle and compost about 33 perc…

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Nectar and Pollen Producing Plants of Alabama: A Guide for Beekeepers

Honey bees and plants have a special relationship. Each benefits the other. Flowering plants provide food for honey bees; in turn, bees provide pollination for many plants, enabling them to reproduce.

Honey bees visit flowers to …

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Backyard Tomato Production

The tomato is almost everyone’s favorite vegetable. Two or three well-managed plants for each member of the family will usually provide plenty of fresh, vine-ripened tomatoes from about late spring until the first frost in the fal…

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