Agriculture & Natural Resources

Disaster Preparedness

Winterize Your Car

If you use a car to get around and live in an area that experiences winter weather, it’s important to prepare your car for winter. Here’s what you should know if you drive during winter weather: Stay off the road during and after a winter storm. Install good winter tires. Make sure each tire has enough tread. Keep your gas tank full. A full tank keeps the fuel line from freezing, and it’s also a good idea in case you ...
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Hurricane Reveals Extension’s Inner Strengths

Hurricane Michael strengthened rapidly from a tropical depression in the Gulf of Mexico to make landfall as the strongest hurricane to hit Florida’s Panhandle in a century.  Homes and UF/IFAS facilities suffered damage, including the North Florida Research and Education Center in Marianna. Nearly 1 million acres of agricultural crops were impacted for a loss of $158 million, while the Florida Forest Service estimated timber losses at $1.29 billion. Animal and livestock losses have not been tallied. Hurricane Michael taxed ...
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Researchers say this technology could be the key to people taking hurricane warnings seriously

Thanks to immersive technology, it’s never been easier to set foot inside a hurricane without getting wet. A growing number of simulations are helping audiences understand the consequences of ignoring hurricane evacuation warnings. Read more on the Washington Post: Researchers say this technology could be the key to people taking hurricane warnings seriously ...
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Flooding across a street in Newark Delaware

Is Your Family Ready for a Hurricane or Other Disaster?

With a powerful hurricane coming toward the Eastern United States, and more tropical depressions in the Atlantic, now is a good time to think about weather preparedness. Check weather updates on local news, the National Hurricane Center website https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/, or https://www.udel.edu/udaily/.  Make a plan today. Your family may not be together if a disaster strikes, so it is important to know which types of disasters could affect your area; hurricanes, flooding, tornadoes, etc.  Know how you’ll contact one another and ...
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Flood Insurance for Delaware Residents

Flood insurance might be valuable for some Delaware residents whose homes are in areas prone to flooding. Information is available through the Delaware Department of Insurance. Insurance is backed by the federal flood insurance program, and communities are rated in Delaware. Residents in communities that undertake specific flood preparation and prevention activities can get discounts on their flood insurance between 5 and 45 percent ...
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Travel Safely during Hurricane Season

Summer vacations take a lot of planning and packing. If you travel to a hurricane-prone area, make sure you plan for a possible storm. Whether taking a road trip or traveling abroad, stay safe with resources from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Department of State, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). Find out the hurricane risk of your destination. Then, follow tips from the Ready Campaign: Create a Communication ...
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