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Preparing for Evacuation
Vital preparation steps include developing an evacuation plan, preparing an emergency supply kit and preparing your home for the impending disaster.
NFIP Claims and Levees: What you need to know
Flood Insurance and Levees
FEMA released a Levees Brochure during the Spring 2011 Floods, explaining NFIP coverage behind levees, for protective measures and the waiting period. This page is copied directly from that brochure and includes a PDF of the original document as an attachment.
Contracting for Pemanent Repairs
If it is necessary to complete the repairs, however, it is important to receive good quality work, or major deterioration may appear later. Outside contractors and companies will enter the area to offer their services. Some are honest and will do an adequate job, but be careful in working with outside contractors.
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Determining Seafood Safety in an Oil Spill
Ways to determine seafood safety after an oil spill: detecting taint, the sniff test, and the smell test.
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Avoiding Mold Hazards in Your Waterdamaged Home
A flood-damaged building requires special attention to avoid or correct a mold population explosion.
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Wooden Ladder Safety & Use
This article provides information about wooden ladder safety.
Experts Warn Against Spreading Termites After Storms
A scourge of New Orleans and South Louisiana could find its way to other parts of the state and country if people move wood that’s infested with Formosan subterranean termites.
Saffir-Simpson Scale
Hurricanes are divided into five categories to help recognize the threat they pose to structures and inhabitants of coastal and inland areas.
Rescue Your Lawnmower or Other Small Engine After the Flood
Many lawnmowers, string trimmers, leaf blowers, and other lawn and garden equipment with small engines were inundated during the flooding from hurricanes Katrina and Rita. In many cases, that equipment can be salvaged.
Not A Good Time To Replant A Lawn, Regardless Of Hurricanes
Storms may damage turf directly by flooding or indirectly by wind debris. "In either case, this is not a good time to regrow grass," says LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dr. Tom Koske.
USDA-FSA Disaster Assistance Page
The link below takes you to the USDA-FSA Disaster Assistance Page which lists information and links to all current USDA disaster assistance programs.
For Professionals
LInks to floodplain and emergency professionals and their associations, and links to resources for those professionals.
Hurricane Tracking Chart
There's a Hurricane Forming...
It’s time to pull out your family disaster plan. Even if you don’t have one, there are still things you can do! Find tips on what to do when preparing for a hurricane and Emergency Management Office telephone numbers for selected Louisiana parishes (most affected by hurricanes and tropical storms). It is designed to print on legal-sized paper. (PDF Format Only)
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EDEN -- Extension Disaster Education Network
The Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN) links Extension educators from across the United States and various disciplines, enabling them to use and share resources to reduce the impact of disasters.
Preparing Volunteers to Respond to a Disaster
Whenever a disaster strikes, volunteers are often the first to respond. Because the needs vary with each disaster, volunteers must be flexible in responding to a disaster. This document helps prepare volunteers to work with disaster victims as well as meet the needs that arise as a result of the disaster.
Preventing Mildew and Decay
The secret to mildew prevention is two words -- clean and dry.
River Stages and Forecasts
River Stages and Forecasts - Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley
River Stages and Forecasts
River Stages and Forecasts - Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley
wet floodproofing
Wet Floodproofing
The phrase “wet floodproofing” may sound like a contradiction, but it is the label used to refer to a collection of methods intended to reduce damage to a building when flooding occurs. This publication explains how wet floodproofing lets water into the building but protects the structure, contents and building systems independently. (PDF format only)
Play It Safe With Food After a Power Outage
Electrical power may be disrupted for hours, sometimes days. Among the first things affected by the loss of electricity is the food in refrigerators and freezers. There are certain precautions you should take before you begin using food from refrigerators and freezers that have been off for more than a few hours. In fact, there are some things you can do before the power goes out.
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