Category: Disaster Preparation

UF Researchers Link Increasing Seasonal Drought to Longer Fire Seasons

By Kim Scotto-Kelley GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A new study from University of Florida researchers examines the relationship between wet and dry season length and the potential for lightning-ignited fires. The study, led by faculty from the UF Institute… Read More

Eight Months Later, Reflecting on Hurricane Michael and UF/IFAS Extension’s Role in Recovery

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — As each June brings a new hurricane season, the people of Florida begin to ready themselves for any storm that may target the state’s shorelines. Fresh in the minds of many this year, though, is… Read More

Palm Beach and Miami-Dade County 4-H Partners with Boy Scout Troop, Local Churches and Many Other Donors to Bring Hurricane Relief Supplies to the Florida Panhandle

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — After Hurricane Michael left a path of destruction in the Florida Panhandle, members of University of Florida’s youth development program, Florida 4-H, jumped into action doing what it does best: serving the community. Through its… Read More

Central Florida UF Researchers Use Drones to Assess Hurricane Michael Damage in Panhandle

APOPKA, Fla. – Researchers with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences recently traveled to Panhandle counties to include Gadsden, Jackson and Calhoun with their drones to assess damage after Hurricane Michael devastated the region…. Read More

UF/IFAS Economists: Hurricane Michael Caused $158 Million in Florida Agricultural Production Losses

Hurricane Michael caused production losses totaling $158 million for Florida’s agricultural industries in the 2018-19 growing season, according to economists with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. The dollar estimate, along with more detailed… Read More

Hurricane Relief: UF/IFAS Extension to Help Distribute 36,000 Jars of Peanut Butter in the Florida Panhandle

Eleven days out from Hurricane Michael, Rachel Pienta considers Wakulla County lucky. She’s using that good fortune to help others who aren’t so lucky. “If the storm had veered a little to the east, it could have been… Read More