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Feeding Birds

…several other resident seed-eaters at your feeders. In addition to these birds, during the winter you can expect to see goldfinches, house finches (in northern Alabama), purple finches, pine siskins (most winters), nuthatches, towhees, junc…

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Alabama Cottage Food Law: Food Safety (Video II)

Alabama Extension teaches Cottage Food Law courses across the state. Find one near you.

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Food safety should be your first consideration in preparing food for your family or for your customers. Before you start to prepar…

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Black Widow and Recluses

…ur. Recluse spiders have six eyes arranged in three pairs. One pair is centered over the mouth parts, and there is a diagonally slanted pair on either side of the front pair. It may be difficult to see the eye pattern, however, without usin…

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Drought Preparation and Water Conservation

…s that may be imposed in your area.
Conserving water is particularly important when drought strikes, but it’s also a good habit to follow at all times for environmental reasons. Try to do at least one thing each day to conserve water!

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Alabama Cottage Food Law: Rules and Regulations (Video I)

…elow can be sold directly to the consumer:

Candies
Jams and jellies
Dried herbs
Dried herb mixes
Baked goods: cakes, cookies, pastries, doughnuts, breads

Foods to Avoid
The foods listed below cannot be sold directly to …

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Flood and Water Damage

…aps that outline your community’s different flood risk areas. Use FEMA’s Flood Map Service Center (https://msc.fema.gov/portal) to learn about your community’s flood risk so you can make informed decisions about protecting your proper…

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Technology

…nderstand who owns that data once it is posted to the company’s server and what measures will be taken if the company goes out of business or if something happens to you.
One of the quickest, simplest methods to protect important documen…

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Kitchen Composting

… Agency. (2016, October 11). How to create and maintain an indoor worm composting bin. Retrieved from https://www.epa.gov/recycle/how-create-and-maintain-indoor-worm-composting-bin.

Washington State University Extension. (n.d). Cheap …

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Edible Landscaping

… make it work as a whole. There is still the repetition of plants, colors, textures, and shapes, but edible landscaping goes a step further by weaving in functional plants. For example:

Try an annual bed filled with leafy salad greens …

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Disaster Planning for Persons with Special Needs

…limitations should avoid waiting for mandatory evacuation or risk being stuck in an impossible traffic jam.
Stocking a GO bag
A well-stocked emergency GO bag can get you through the rough times during natural or manmade disaster such as e…

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Excessive Heat

… to become victims of excessive heat and may need help.
If you do not have air conditioning, choose places you could go to for relief from the heat during the warmest part of the day (schools, libraries, theaters, malls).
Be aware tha…

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Emergency Preparation for Dogs

…dentification tag on your dog with the phone number of your veterinarian or out-of-state relative or friend. There is a good chance the phones may not work after a disaster. More permanent forms of identification include tattoos and microch…

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Caregivers’ Guide for Sheltering and Evacuating

…ds or medical needs shelters.

Special needs shelters are prepared with staff and basic medical supplies to provide ongoing care for people whose medical conditions require more care than the typical Red Cross shelter can provide but who …

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Diabetes in an Emergency

…yourself as having diabetes so you can get the care you need. Relief workers make decisions as to where a person should go and how he or she should be cared for based in part on the seriousness of the medical condition. Identify yourself as…

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Stress Management

… filed away; others get their creative energy from their piles. So forget the “shoulds” and organize your way.
Set goals. goals provide direction to your life and determine how you spend your time. When asked the secret to amassing suc…

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