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Flood Recovery Resources

These resources connect to the needs of families and farms impacted by flooding.  The information is built on the research-based knowledge from the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, the Extension Disaster Education Network, the Federal…

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Flooded Farm Vehicles and Equipment

Tips on Cleaning and Reconditioning
Check your insurance requirements first before operating or attempting to clean vehicles, equipment, or tractors. File appropriate claims.Then clean tractors, trucks, and farm equipment. Delay makes dirt…

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Flood-Damaged Agricultural Buildings

Buildings that have been exposed to floodwaters need to be evaluated for the extent of damage and the amount of cleanup and repairs necessary to restore them to a useable condition.
The first thing that needs to be done with a building tha…

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Floor Cleanup and Renovation

Not all warped wood flooring can be repaired. The extent of damage depends partly on the kind of material used in the floor. Different woods react differently to dampness or flooding.
 
Plywood
Many home have plywood subfloors. Plyw…

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Cleaning Dishes and Utensils

Cleaning and Sterilizing Dishes and Cooking Utensils

Before using any dishes, pots, pans, or cooking utensils that were in contact with floodwater, wash and sterilize them.

Any piece of equipment that can be taken apart should be …

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Drying Out After a Flood

Before entering any building after a flood, make sure it is structurally sound and safe to enter. If you are not sure, ask local officials for advice.

Drying Out the House
To begin, remove as much water as possible, using pumps, wet-d…

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An Emergency Handbook: Preparation and Recovery

BE PROACTIVE
The best way to protect your home and family is by preparing ahead of time.
MITIGATE
• Keep your home in good repair.
• Remove hazards from your yard.
• Buy appropriate insurance.
• Learn about Firewise Communitie…

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Salvaging Furniture

Decide which pieces are worth restoring. Make your decision according to these factors:

extent of damage
cost of the article
sentimental value
cost of restoration

Consider each piece individually. Antiques may be worth th…

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Restoring Electrical Service

Restoring electrical systems and evaluating damage to appliances are high priorities after flooding. But before any electrical system is turned on, it should be thoroughly checked for short circuits by an electrician. It is wise to ask your…

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Food and Water Safety When the Power Goes Out

After a disaster, there remains the overwhelming job of cleaning up. One of the biggest areas of concern is the safety of food and water.

Water After a Storm
After a major storm, assume that all water sources are contaminated until prov…

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Emergency Handbook iBook

The Alabama Cooperative Extension System has an iBook to help families, businesses and communities prepare for storms and clean up after they pass. The Emergency Handbook is a comprehensive resource for emergency planning, preparation and…

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Beaver Control in Alabama

In the 1930s, beaver populations in Alabama were reduced to about 500 animals as a result of trapping, hunting, and the demand for fur. Conservation efforts, such as reintroductions and regulated harvest, in conjunction with low fur prices …

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Black Widow and Recluses

Figure 1. Female black widow spider showing hourglass pattern.

Avoiding Venomous Spiders of the Southeast 
Spiders are one of the most feared groups of animals on the planet. Even the word spider may bring to mind images of…

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Rainwater Harvesting for Irrigation Water

While worldwide water consumption is rising at double the rate of the population, the amount of freshwater remains at only 2.5 percent of the world’s water resources. Rainfall replenishes much of the water we use; however, it is predicted t…

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