Category: Disaster Preparation

Don’t get burned: Tips for protecting your home from wildfires during drought

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — As communities in Florida face a record drought, many residents have been waking up to the smell of smoke from nearby wildfires. And some may even face blazes in their own backyards. “Those most at… Read More

UF researcher offers Floridians tips for surviving country’s worst drought

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Concern is growing among state residents as Florida experiences the worst drought in the country, according the U.S. Drought Monitor. Sixty-six percent of the state is now in a drought, the highest percentage of any… Read More

New Face of Family and Consumer Sciences in Pasco County Extension!

I am proud to announce the addition of Ms. Stacey Struhar, as our new Family and Consumer Sciences Extension Agent. Stacey will be fully on board starting Monday, April 24, 2017 and located at our office in Dade… Read More

Firewise Landscaping

With images of wildfires in the Tampa Bay area and the occasional “haze” you might have seen in the air, we are experiencing wildfires like we have not had in many years. The unseasonably dry winter and spring… Read More

In the wake of Hurricane Matthew, UF/IFAS Extension faculty step up as ‘second responders’

Above: Ed Skvarch, director of UF/IFAS Extension St. Lucie County (left), Garima Kakkar, fruit crop agent with UF/IFAS Extension St. Lucie and Indian River Counties (right), and Christine Kelly-Begazo, director of UF/IFAS Extension Indian River County (not pictured), are… Read More