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Category: Disaster Preparation

UF/IFAS experts: Hire a certified tree inspector before hurricane season

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Even a Category 1 hurricane – with winds at 74 to 95 mph — can snap trees, so find a certified arborist before hurricane season, a University of Florida landscape specialist says…. Read More

UF/IFAS Extension helps Florida homeowners test well water after hurricane

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The University of Florida IFAS Extension has teamed up with Virginia Tech to offer free bacteria testing for well users affected by Hurricane Irma. So far, five counties—Lee, Pasco, Marion, Sarasota and… 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… 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… 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… Read More