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Seek help with financial difficulties following Hurricane Irene

There are sources of assistance for families dealing with costly storm damage to their homes. Know where to look for help and know your rights should you find yourself faced with home foreclosure in the aftermath of the storm.

Post-storm power losses and flooding can lead to unsafe food

Hurricane Irene left many people across North Carolina without power – and with questions about food safety. When the power goes out, food that’s supposed to be kept cool in the refrigerator or freezer can grow harmful bacteria. Because unsafe food may not appear to be or smell spoiled, North Carolina Cooperative Extension offers post-storm food safety guidelines.

Flood-damaged homes need special care to prevent and remove mold

Mold can cause health problems, so people who live in homes that were flooded during Hurricane Irene should act quickly and carefully to prevent or remove mold. North Carolina Cooperative Extension provides recommendations for helping homeowners faced with mold problems.

Dealing with stress in the wake of the storm

Families who weather particularly bad storms such as Hurricane Irene are likely to experience stress. Recognizing the signs and taking steps to cope with them are key to reducing the impact, say North Carolina Cooperative Extension agents and specialists.

Farmers with weather losses can get answers to tax questions online

The recent heavy weather from hurricane Irene that has affected many parts of the Eastern United States has caused damage to agriculture, rural and coastal businesses. In many cases the damage to farms, rural businesses and private homes qualifies as a casualty loss due to the unexpected damage. A resource to help individuals and clients of professional tax preparers relative to casualty losses and other tax issues is available from the website RuralTax.org.

Take steps now to minimize problems with storm-damaged shade trees, timber stands

If you have a storm-damaged shade tree or timber stand, there are steps you can take now to minimize problems. Hanging branches are particularly hazardous.

Making flood-damaged homes habitable

When it comes to cleaning a flood-damaged home, safety comes first. North Carolina Cooperative Extension offers cleanup recommendations.

Take steps to avoid mosquito bites

Mosquito biting human

Given recent diagnoses of mosquito-borne diseases in a child and a horse in North Carolina – coupled with possible heavy rains from Hurricane Irene –an N.C. Cooperative Extension specialist advises people to take precautions when outdoors.

CEFS celebrates Week of Sustainable Agriculture, Sept. 12-18

The Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS) will host a week-long celebration focusing on the importance of sustainable agriculture and locally grown foods, Sept. 12-18. CEFS will host several events to educate the community about vibrant North Carolina agriculture, including workshops, film screenings and multiple outreach events.

OMK offers free Durham Bulls ticket for donations, Aug. 24

National Guard youngsters with hero packs.

Operation Military Kids — in partnership with the Durham Bulls and Wells Fargo – is sponsoring a special night at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park Wednesday, Aug. 24, as the Bulls take on the Norfolk Tides at 7:05 p.m. Fans who bring items for the OMK Hero Packs will receive a free ticket to the game, courtesy of Wells Fargo.

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