N.C. Cooperative Extension has a long history of helping citizens prepare for and recover from natural disasters. And recently the organization was recognized as one of five go-to extension organizations when it comes to disaster preparation.
Lee County wants to make sure that local businesses are prepared for disasters that come their way. In January, 17 Lee Emergency Planning Committee members went through training in Sanford to offer the Ready Business program. Training was provided by N.C. Cooperative Extension and the Industrial Extension Service.
With Hurricane Sandy possibly sweeping North Carolina’s coast, news media looking for information on a variety of hurricane topics can turn to North Carolina Cooperative Extension’s disaster page at http://ncdisaster.com or they can directly contact Extension experts in the following areas. Information will also be available on Twitter @ncce_news.
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.
Produce grown in gardens that were submerged by floodwaters during or after Hurricane Irene can pose a health risk. A new food safety info sheet from North Carolina Extension explains the risks and what you can do to avoid getting sick.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.