Available for expert comment
Frank Wideman, MU Extension natural resources engineering specialist, can answer reporters’ questions on disaster readiness, response and recovery at the household, community and state level: 573-547-4504 or [email protected].
Megan Webb, MU Extension nutrition and health education specialist, Sedalia: 660-827-0591 or [email protected].
Bob Schultheis, MU Extension natural resources engineering specialist, Marshfield: 417-859-2044 or [email protected].
Saving your food when the power goes off LAMAR, Mo. – When the power goes off, there is a simple rule of thumb for saving refrigerated food: The colder the foods, the longer they will keep, said a University of Missouri Extension nutrition and health education specialist.
Tips for safe food preparation after a disaster LAMAR, Mo. – There are several tips to remember about safe food preparation in disaster situations.
Remedies exist for trees wounded by storm GALENA, Mo. — Repair may be in order to keep storm-damaged trees healthy and less susceptible to disease and insects, says a University of Missouri Extension agronomy specialist.
Take care using chain saws during storm recovery work MARSHFIELD, Mo. — Homeowners and disaster-recovery volunteers who use chain saws should use extreme caution to prevent injuries.
Avoiding injury during post-disaster cleanup SEDALIA, Mo.– Megan Webb, nutrition and health education specialist for University of Missouri Extension, advises homeowners and disaster-recovery volunteers to be safe during the cleanup process in this video news story.
Protect yourself from contractor fraud COLUMBIA, Mo. – When storms, floods and other disasters leave damaged homes in their path, local contractors often get more business than they can handle. In many cases, out-of-town contractors will arrive in force to pick up the slack.
Property loss from disasters may be tax deductible COLUMBIA, Mo. – Disaster victims may recoup some of their uninsured losses because uncompensated property losses from natural disasters are tax deductible, said a University of Missouri Extension consumer and family economics specialist.
Feature articles, quick answers and other resources from MissouriFamilies.org
What are some ways to prevent heat-related illnesses? The most effective way to manage heat illness is to prevent it. These guidelines offer simple steps for the prevention of heat related injuries. http://missourifamilies.org/quick/nutritionqa/fitqa6.htm
What is heat exhaustion and what prevents it? Heat exhaustion is a more serious state of heat illness that usually occurs in a person who has not gotten used to exercising in the heat. http://missourifamilies.org/quick/nutritionqa/fitqa3.htm
Food safety after a power outage Whether your freezer and refrigerator are shut off due to storm, forgetfulness or accident, the food safety rules about what to keep or toss are the same. http://missourifamilies.org/features/copingarticles/coping13.htm
Fast Food for Emergency Meals? When emergencies strike, an emergency supply of food is needed – fast! After the emergency, especially if the power is out for a prolonged period, an appropriate emergency food supply is essential. http://missourifamilies.org/features/copingarticles/coping17.htm
Publications and videos
(To access publications, use the links below or go to http://extension.missouri.edu/publications/and search by publication number.)
EMW1011, Family Disaster Plan– A template to guide families through the process of developing a comprehensive disaster plan.
EMW1012, Disaster Supplies Kit– A downloadable guide to gathering the supplies your family will need if a disaster strikes.
MU Extension Community Emergency Management Program (CEMP): http://extension.missouri.edu/cemp
Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN) resources: http://eden.lsu.edu