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Emergency Preparedness

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Household Water Quality: Emergency Supplies of Water for Drinking and Food Preparation

During a disaster, such as a flood, hurricane, earthquake, or act of terrorism, regular drinking water supplies may suddenly become unavailable. It is essential to have access to an adequate and safe supply of water for drinking and cooking. In natural or man-made disasters, municipal water supplies are likely to be disrupted and private water supplies (e.g., wells and springs) could be contaminated. Emergencies can also cause a loss of electrical power, leaving well pumps unable to function. It is in your best interest to take steps now to properly store water (and food) supplies in case of an emergency.

Nov 17, 2016 BSE-209NP
Equine Evacuation Sites during Emergencies Nov 17, 2016 ANR-228NP
Southeastern U.S. 2016 Vegetable Crop Handbook Feb 17, 2016 AREC-66NP (AREC-169NP)
Beating Stress-Introduction Dec 22, 2015 FCS-112
Beating Stress - Wellness Jan 26, 2016 FCS-107NP
Beating Stress - Financial Jan 26, 2016 FCS-106NP
Beating Stress - Family and Business Relationships Jan 26, 2016 FCS-105NP
Beating Stress -Daily Living Jan 26, 2016 FCS-104NP
Preparing for an Emergency: The Smart Thing to Do

Preparing for emergencies is not new.  Your grandparents probably have extra supplies, such as: soap and shampoo in the bathroom closets, onions and potatoes stored in the basement, and canned goods on pantry shelves in their home.  They understood the value of having a little extra on hand in case of emergencies.

Oct 1, 2014 3104-1590 (VCE-467NP/VCE-468NP)
Preparing for an Emergency: Make a Family Emergency Kit Sep 1, 2014 VCE-486NP
Tornadoes Jul 10, 2014 VCE-415NP
Pet Preparedness Jul 10, 2014 VCE-414NP
Floods Jun 25, 2014 VCE-413NP
Earthquakes Jun 25, 2014 VCE-412NP
Child Emergency Preparedness Jun 24, 2014 VCE-411NP
Biological & Chemical Terrorism Jun 24, 2014 VCE-410NP
Basic First-Aid Supplies Jun 24, 2014 VCE-409NP
Living Well Newsletter, Volume 4, Issue 1 Apr 24, 2013 370-103
How Housing Matters A home without mold is a healthy home Feb 14, 2012 FCS-3
Food Safety Infosheet: Be Ready for Storms – Refrigerated Foods Sep 1, 2011 3108-7024
Food Safety Infosheet: Be Ready for Storms – Frozen Foods Sep 1, 2011 3108-7023
Food Safety Infosheet: Recovering From a Storm– Flooding Sep 1, 2011 3108-7022
Food Safety Infosheet: Be Ready for Storms Aug 24, 2011 3108-7021
Farm Security - “Treat it Seriously” – Security for Plant Agriculture: Producer Response for Plant Diseases, Chemical Contamination, and Unauthorized Activity

Acts of terrorism have heightened our awareness of the need for security, both at home and on the farm or nursery. This publication and the checklist that accompanies it will help you be proactive with regard to farm security.

Mar 9, 2011 445-004
Equine Emergency Preparedness in Virginia Apr 16, 2010 406-500
Horse Emergency Go Kit Aug 27, 2009 2908-1407
In Case of a Disaster: Home Inventory

Whether it is a house fire, a hurricane or tornado if the disaster will make it difficult to  get an accurate accounting of what you have. The recent victim of a house fire made  the following suggestions.

  • “Take the time NOW to inventory your home. The inventory needs to include the  item name, description, make, date purchased/age, model and/or serial number,  and purchase price. Take pictures and /or video and make comprehensive lists of  EVERYTHING you own. Nothing is insignificant. The more items a person can list  and refer to “see photo” the better. The lists need to include everything (down  to how many pairs of socks you own) and should include brand name, age of item, and purchase cost. Update this  annually. I don't know why insurance companies don't require this or offer this service, but they should do both.
May 1, 2009 2903-7023
Mold Remediation

Help! I Think I Have Mold! What Can I Do?

Molds are natural, common, and typical in the environment. They are actually an important part of our ecosystem as they help decompose dead organic matter. However, we do not want an excess of mold growing in our homes, decomposing the structure and damaging our possessions.

May 1, 2009 2901-7021
Mold Prevention

Can We Really Prevent Mold Growth?

Molds are everywhere in the environment. They are a natural part of the ecosystem and we can not eliminate them completely. The problem is when there is an excess of mold growth in our buildings and the mold growth damages building materials or threatens our health. To prevent mold problems in our homes, we need to understand how mold grows and to learn to control the conditions that lead to mold growth.

May 1, 2009 2901-7020
Mold Basics

Why is Mold an Issue Today?

We have always had mold – so why has it become such an issue today? Why do we read about mold in the media, or hear about mold litigation in the courts, or worry about mold affecting our health? There are many different reasons to consider.

May 1, 2009 2901-7019
Virginia Firescapes: Firewise Landscaping for Woodland Homes

When the forest becomes a community, forest fires and homes are inseparable.

A home in a woodland setting is surrounded by flammable vegetation. Firewise landscaping can help you create a defensible space or buffer zone around your home. This not only helps to keep fire from approaching your woodland home, but it also provides a safe space in which firefighters can work.

Jul 14, 2015 430-300(HORT-136P)
Emergencies: Are You Prepared? Your Personal Checklist of Important Documents

Life’s emergency situations require advance preparation and planning. The first step is organizing your papers and communicating with appropriate individuals.

May 1, 2009 354-141
Standby Electric Generators for Emergency Farm Use

An emergency source of power is essential for any farm with mechanically ventilated production facilities, bulk milk-handling equipment, automated feeding systems, or facilities requiring constant and consistent heat or refrigeration. A standby power generator is an excellent investment to prevent costly losses during local power failures. This publication provides guidelines to make the selection, sizing, and operation of standby generators easier.

May 1, 2009 442-067