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Hurricane season began June 1 and runs through November 30. Although meteorologists are predicting the 2014 hurricane season to be a mild season with a below average number of named storms, Alabamians still need to be prepared.

In Alabama, hurricanes usually bring, torrential rain, flooding, sustained high winds and tornadoes that spin off from the hurricane.

Make sure you are ready for whatever the 2014 season brings. Develop an emergency plan for you, your family and pets that includes evacuation routes and shelters; have an emergency supply kit; become familiar with the different weather alerts; and assess your property to ensure that landscaping and trees do not become wind hazards.

The Alabama Cooperative Extension System has valuable preparedness and recovery resources for all Alabamians. “ACES has experts at both Auburn University and Alabama A&M University, as well as highly trained professionals in every county who can offer advice and assistance on a wide range of topics – everything from food safety to tree removal and livestock care,” says Dr. Gary Lemme, Extension director.

Bookmark the Alabama Extension website, on all of your electronic devices – computers, tablets and phones – so Extension resources will be easily available when you only have wireless internet or cellular service after a storm.

Extension is also on Facebook and Twitter. Most county offices are using Facebook and other social media outlets, so our professionals can share preparedness and recovery information on these sites.

Facebook: and Twitter: @ACESedu

You can locate your county Extension office by looking under county government listings in the phone book and on the Extension website. A printable list of county offices is located at

 Additional Resources:


  1. Know the Warning Alerts for Severe Weather
  2. Stock the Basics for Emergencies
  3. Voluntary and Mandatory Evacuations Involve Government Direction 
  4. Emergency Preparedness for Dogs  --
  5. Prepare Technology Before Hurricane Comes Knocking
  6. Preparing to Evacuate Your Farm in a Flood-Prone Scenario      (http://www.extension/org/pages/26797/preparing-to-evacuate-your-farm-in-a-flood-prone-scenario.
  7. Dealing with Stress After the Storm
  8. Caring for Pets After the Storm)
  9. Keeping Safe After A Disaster
  10. Disaster Assistance for Homeowners and Renters   (
  11. Food and Water Safety When the Power Goes Out (
  12. What to do When Returning To A Home That Has Been Flooded  (
  13. Precautions When First Entering A Flooded Home (
  14. Flooding and Fire Ants: Protect Yourself and Family (
  15. Drying Out After a Flood (
  16. Where Should I Discharge Water Pumped From a Flooded Basement
  17. Restoring Electrical Service After Flooding
  18. Health Concerns About Mold After a Flood (
  19. Cleaning Household Utensils and Metals After a Flood (
  20. Salvaging Clothing
  21. Salvaging Household Furniture  (
  22. Cleaning Flood-Damaged Carpets and Rugs
  23.  Home Cleanup and Renovation for Floors After A Flood
  24. Clearing Debris from Land  (
  25. Recovering a Flooded Landscape  (
  26. Flood Recovery: Garden and Farm
  27. Safe Operation of Chain Saws   
  28. Trees and Power Lines After the Storm  (https://sites/
  29. Post Storm Tree Assessment (https://sites/
  30. Standby Electric Generators for Emergency Power (
  31. What to Do After a Flood: Wells  (
  32. Salvaging Flood-Damaged Agricultural Buildings (
  33. Flooded Farm Vehicles and Equipment
  34. Post Considerations for the Commercial Nursery  (
  35. Tips for Reducing Flood and Water Damage Inside the Home (
  36. Emergency Preparedness: What Should You Do?
  37. Restoring Our Hurricane-Ravaged Urban Tree Canopy: Best Management Practices for Site Evaluation, Tree Selection, Establishment and Maintenance
  38. Hurricane Evacuation Routes in Alabama
  39. Tornado Safety ANR-0983




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