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Disaster Preparedness and Planning for College Students

Date: August 11th, 2015

A disaster can occur when we least expect it and regardless of where we happen to be at the time: home, work, or school. Most universities and colleges encourage students and faculty to develop an emergency plan.



Replacing Personal Documents After a Natural Disaster

Date: August 4th, 2015

Follow the link to access a list of contacts to replace personal documents lost in a natural disaster.



Registration for Assistance Extended Until Aug. 27

Date: July 28th, 2015

Source:  FEMA.gov

The federal disaster declaration for Texas has been expanded to provide Individual Assistance to six additional counties as a result of the severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding that occurred between May 4 and June 19, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

In addition, FEMA today approved an extension of the deadline to register for assistance in the 42 counties designated for Individual Assistance. The new deadline is August 27, 2015.

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Livestock Protection in Floods

Date: July 28th, 2015

Emergency preparedness is important for all animals, but especially for livestock because of their size, feed requirement, and shelter and transportation needs. One possible Texas emergency is flooding.



Understanding Individual Assistance & Public Assistance

Date: July 21st, 2015

Source:  FEMA.gov

The Federal Emergency Management Agency provides two main types of assistance following natural disasters, such as the Texas storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding that occurred May 4 through June 19.

Individual Assistance is provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to individuals and families who have sustained losses due to disasters.

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Home Water Conservation

Date: July 21st, 2015

As drought continues to be a pressing summer issue in many areas of Texas, individuals are searching for ways to conserve water. The AgriLife Extension Water Education Network has several ideas and tips for homeowners.


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Mosquito Control Around the Home

Date: July 14th, 2015

Mosquitoes are not only annoying or irritating, but they also can transmit disease-causing organisms to humans. Knowing the facts could save your family from harm.



Horse Care & Management Tips for Flooded Areas

Date: July 13th, 2015

Source:  Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, Department of Animal Science

Recent heavy rains and flood events have caused a number of horse owners to be concerned about pasture conditions and potential hazards associated with flood events. The following discussion outlines steps to be taken to ensure the safety of horses in pastures following heavy rainfall events.

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Hantavirus Case in Texas Panhandle

Date: July 13th, 2015

Source:  Texas Department of State Health Services

Texas health officials confirmed the state’s first case of hantavirus pulmonary syndrome this year in a resident of the Texas Panhandle. The Texas Department of State Health Services reminds people to protect themselves from the virus that causes HPS. Although the person recovered from the infection, HPS is often severe and sometimes fatal.

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Heat Waves

Date: July 7th, 2015

Texans think they are tough enough to beat the heat.  But did you know that heat waves cause more deaths than other weather events in recent years.

Learn more about preparing for Heat Waves: