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Under the Citrus Tree: Special Hurricane Dorian Edition

Special Hurricane Dorian Edition

Greetings from the Extension Office!

As Hurricane Dorian is stalled over the Bahamas, I wanted to send you some things that may help you before and after the storm. Please save this email for easy reference should you need it.

I am currently in the Emergency Operations Center here in Sebring and want to assure you that Highlands County is working very hard to protect you. Moving through the next few days I pray for your safety, the safety of the Industry and the safety of Florida. God Bless America and Go Gators!

Laurie Hurner
Highlands County Extension Director & Citrus Agent
Office: 863.402.6540
Fax: 863.402.6544
E-mail: lhurner@ufl.edu
http://highlands.ifas.ufl.edu

Additional Resources

Storm Surge Risk Communication

from Jill Gambill with UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant:

I collaborated with the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) to conduct seven focus groups on storm surge risk communication during Hurricane Matthew in Beaufort, SC; Savannah, GA; and Brunswick, GA. Attached are some initial findings, which outline that people may not evacuate, challenges in forecast comprehension, and recommended strategies for messaging and mapping hurricane risks. Also attached is a visualization of how storm surge, rainfall and drainage issues can create complex flood impacts. If you have any questions or would like further information, please visit the Communicating Hazard Information in the Modern Environment (CHIME) website. 

Emergency Animal Sheltering and Evacuation Information

From LeiAnna Tucker with FDACS:

We will continue to post new information on https://www.freshfromflorida.com/Consumer-Resources/Animals/Animal-Related-Emergency-Response throughout Hurricane  Dorian response.  Please continue to monitor this website and share with the public. 

Mental Health Resources

From Heidi Radunovich, FYCS and EDEN website:

·      The American Psychological Association has some good resources available, including some just for children, here: http://www.apa.org/helpcenter/index.aspx

Florida Farm Services Agency Disaster Assistance Programs

It is very important as producers that you keep your information updated with the Farm Service Agency. They have  a lot of Disaster Programs and Disaster Assistance should you need it. If you are not acquainted with FSA and are not part of their system I would encourage you to do so today!

OKEECHOBEE COUNTY FARM SERVICE AGENCY – Covers Highlands County
450 US HIGHWAY 98 N

OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972-2303
(800) 243-9912
(863) 763-3345 ext 2
(855) 563-2110 Fax

Jenny Hoover
County Executive Director
(863) 763-3345 ext 2
(855) 563-2110 fax
jenny.hoover@fl.usda.gov
NANCY MUNDO
Farm Loan Manager
(305) 242-1197
nancy.mundo@fl.usda.gov

HARDEE COUNTY FARM SERVICE AGENCY
316 N 7TH AVE
WAUCHULA, FL 33873-2606
(800) 243-9912
(863) 773-4764 ext 2
(855) 608-9553 Fax

Steve Berk
Acting County Executive Director
(863) 773-4764 ext 2
(855) 608-9553 fax
steve.berk@fl.usda.gov

BRONWYN D BETHEA-ROWLAND
Farm Loan Manager
(813) 752-1474 x 2
Bronwyn.BetheaMyers@fl.usda.gov

POLK COUNTY FARM SERVICE AGENCY
1700 HWY 17 S
BARTOW, FL 33830
(800) 243-9912
(863) 533-2051 ext 2
(855) 475-8047 Fax

Marcinda Kester
County Executive Director
(863) 533-2051
(855) 475-8047 fax
marcinda.kester@fl.usda.gov

BRONWYN D BETHEA-ROWLAND
Farm Loan Manager
(813) 752-1474 x 2
Bronwyn.BetheaMyers@fl.usda.gov

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