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Severe Weather 101

Date: April 19th, 2016

Step into the wild world of weather with the National Severe Storms Laboratory facts tips about different types of severe weather.



Emergency Preparation Supplies: Sales Tax Holiday Apr. 23-25

Date: April 15th, 2016

Source:  Glenn Hegar, Comptroller of Public Accounts

You can purchase certain emergency preparation supplies tax free during the 2016 Emergency Preparation Supplies Sales Tax Holiday. There is no limit on the number of qualifying items you can purchase, and you do not need to issue an exemption certificate to claim the exemption.

This year’s holiday begins at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, April 23, and ends at midnight on Monday, April 25.

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U.S. EPA Releases New Drought Guide for Water Utilities

Date: March 21st, 2016

Source:  epa.gov

Provides worksheets, best practices, videos and key resources for responding to drought emergencies and building long-term resilience.

Four main sections:

  • Staffing, response plans and funding
  • Water supply and demand management
  • Communication and partnerships
  • Case studies and videos

Explore the Case Study Map and Videos GeoPlatform for real-world challenges and solutions.

View New Drought Guide for Water Utilities

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Texas A&M AgriLife Water Education Network

Date: February 10th, 2016

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service delivers a wide range of resources and programs focusing on water conservation, water management and water quality.



Biosecurity Practices for Swine Shows

Date: February 3rd, 2016

Co-mingling of pigs and equipment from different sources can often result in the transmission of pathogens from one pig to another or between humans.



Preventing Outbreaks of Avian Influenza

Date: January 26th, 2016

Source:  UMD Poultry Extension

Video about Preventing Outbreaks of Avian Influenza through science-based education of Commercial Poultry Farmers.

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Cold and Flu Prevention

Date: January 26th, 2016

Follow these tips from the Texas Department of State Health Services on how to protect yourself during cold and flu season.



Winter Storm Resource Center

Date: January 19th, 2016

University of Illinois Extension has created a one-stop winter storm resource center.



Driving in Snow and Ice

Date: January 12th, 2016

Everything you need to know to prepare you for the rough winter roads.



Dealing with Stress After a Blizzard

Date: January 8th, 2016

Source:  Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service

The recent Winter Storm Goliath and aftermath may increase the pileup of stressors and strain faced by Agriculture producers, workers and their families.  Use these resources to take action now to manage stress. Then build an emotional and financial recovery plan.

Disaster Stress

Managing Stress

Communication Under Pressure

Finding Help

Links to Mental Health Assistance


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