Category: Disaster Preparation

UF/IFAS County Extension director: Be ready to provide information for FEMA aid

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Hundreds of residents are lining up for assistance from FEMA now that Hurricane Irma has come and gone. But, many may be turned away for not having proper documentation or information. “We want to help… Read More

Hurricane Irma update: Lauren Butler, UF/IFAS Extension Okeechobee County – Sept. 18

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Replanting, rebuilding, remarkable Florida agriculture Hurricane Irma made landfall onto Florida’s coasts on September 10, 2017. As she charged her way up the state, Irma left a path of destruction and chaos behind for Florida residents, and Florida… Read More

UF/IFAS Extension steps up to feed hungry children, babies in southwest Florida

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  BROOKSVILLE, Fla. — Laurie Hurner could hear the children and babies crying in hunger in her sleep. The University of Florida IFAS Extension Highlands County director knew she had to feed children left hungry by Hurricane Irma,… Read More

UF expert offers tips on tending to mental health after a hurricane

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  GAINESVILLE, Fla. — While residents are cleaning up after Hurricane Irma, and many are still without electricity and clean water, it is not unexpected that some are starting to show symptoms of stress. Heidi Radunovich, a psychologist… Read More

UF expert: Protect your family from foodborne illness during hurricane season

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  by Tom Nordlie GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Protect your family from foodborne illness during hurricane season by following research-based guidelines and common sense, urges a University of Florida food safety expert. As part of Hurricane Irma recovery, take… Read More

Hurricane Irma update: Shannon Carnevale, UF/IFAS Extension Polk County – Sept. 18

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Three such shelter residents needed to find a safe place for their pets. Nicole Walker, my county director, received a call from our County Emergency Operations Center asking how UF/IFAS Extension Polk County could help. Nicole, myself, and Janus Morris… Read More

UF students, faculty among hundreds who replanted blueberry bushes damaged by storm

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DADE CITY, Fla. — More than 200 volunteers from the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences and the community gathered on a hot, windy Saturday to replant thousands of blueberry bushes at Pasco County’s Frogmore… Read More

UF/IFAS Extension critical resource for Floridians impacted by Hurricane Irma

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Before, during and after Hurricane Irma, University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension faculty and staff worked tirelessly to help Floridians impacted by the storm. From assessing damage, to rallying volunteers and… Read More

Hurricane Irma Update: Laurie Hurner, UF/IFAS Extension Highlands County agent – Sept. 14 & 19

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Sept. 18 I want to update you on some progress and share some more information with you. We are still working out of a board room at the government center and it is still working out just fine. A little … Read More