Developing and Strengthening Networks to Promote Resilience After Disasters

Extension agent Angie Lindsey (left, blue shirt) talking with Apalachicola community partners concerning oil spill recovery research. Photo taken 10-24-16.

The HGHC series includes thirteen publications that focus on the work of the community outreach and dissemination team, including community engagement, outreach, and research result dissemination. This 3-page document focuses on developing and strengthening networks before they are challenged to promote resilience in and after a disaster. Written by Angela B. Lindsey, Samantha Goldenberg, and Cassie Wandersee, and published by the UF/IFAS Department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences, April 2018.

Risk Management for 4-H Youth Development Work: Crisis Management and Emergency Procedures

This 2-page publication is one in the series Risk Management for 4-H Youth Development Work. It focuses on basic overall precautions to be taken by everyone involved with 4-H. Written by Paula Davis, Dale Pracht, Stefanie Prevatt, and Janet Psikogios and published by the UF/IFAS 4-H Youth Development Department, February 2018.

Hurricane Preparation List for the Container Nursery

Busy professionals don’t often have time to consider the impact a hurricane can have on their nursery until one is on the way. This 2-page fact sheet provides a list of items and tasks to complete prior to a hurricane’s arrival to minimize damage to the nursery. Written by Tom Yeager and published by the UF/IFAS Environmental Horticulture Department, December 2017.

University Zika Preparedness (UF website)

Figure 2. Aedes aegypti (left) and Aedes albopictus (right). Credits: Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory.

The University of Florida continues to monitor the spread of the Zika virus, working closely with local and state Department of Health officials. This UF website provides a centralized resource for current University of Florida information, including communications, prevention tips, resources, and research.

Freeze Damage Symptoms and Recovery for Citrus

Figure 6. Fruit drop in citrus after a severe winter freeze. Credits: Mongi Zekri, UF/IFAS
Citrus trees are evergreen, never become fully dormant, and cannot withstand temperatures as low as those tolerated by deciduous trees. But citrus trees can become preconditioned or acclimated to cool air temperatures that occur in late fall and winter. One of the best ways to lessen cold injury and to hasten recovery from cold damage is to maintain healthy trees. This five-page fact sheet discusses the symptoms of freeze damage and ways to help recover trees that have been damaged. Written by Mongi Zekri, Chris Oswalt, Steve Futch, Gary England, Camilly McAvoy, Laurie Hurner, and Parker Platts, and published by the Horticultural Sciences Department.

Consejos para pleanear contra desastres para gente mayor

Through its Hurricane Preparedness for Hotels and Motels Program, the Florida Energy Extension Service helps the tourist industry keep guests safe during lightning storms.FY1462 is the Spanish language version of FY620, Disaster Planning Tips for Older Adults. This 4-page publication offers an abundance of information pertaining to water storage and use, food, first aid, important papers, electronics, medical needs, stress reduction, and evacuation which can help older adults plan for natural disasters and other emergencies. Written by Carolyn Wilken, Linda B. Bobroff, and Emily Minton, and published by the Department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences, May 2003.

Tropical Storm ERIKA Information

evening lightning storm It appears that Florida is in the sights for a tropical storm or hurricane. Although it is still too early to tell what impact Erika will have on Florida communities, now is the time to review hurricane plans, begin preparing, and don’t be complacent. IFAS Extension has put together a variety of information to help in preparing individuals, families, agricultural producers, and communities for these type of natural events.

For official weather information see the National Weather Service National Hurricane Center website

Living with Diabetes: Putting Together an Emergency Preparedness Plan (FCS80007/FY1300)

Figure 3. If you have diabetes and use insulin, it is important to havePeople with diabetes need to prepare in advance by having a plan and supply kit ready in the event of an emergency. This 3-page fact sheet describes key concerns that should be considered when developing an emergency plan and putting together a supply kit, and lists the things that should be included in the supply kit. Written by Nancy J. Gal and published by the UF Department of Family Youth and Community Sciences, April 2012.

Be Prepared: Tips for Assembling a Low-Cost Disaster Kit (FCS9313/FY1284)

Emergency kitBeing prepared can increase your speed of recovery from severe events such as flooding, drought, tornado, hurricane, winter storms, or even being stranded because of a car problem. According to the Red Cross and FEMA three steps of preparation are: Get a kit. Make a plan. Be informed. While pre-assembled kits are available for purchase, assembling your own can cost less and ensures that the kit includes items that are appropriate to your family’s needs. Remember when planning to include all members of your family including pets. This 2-page fact sheet was written by Elizabeth D. Kiss and Michael S. Gutter, and published by the UF Department of Family Youth and Community Sciences, February 2012.

Disaster Planning Tips for Older Adults (FCS9198/FY620)

Disaster can strike without warning. An important part of planning for a disaster is to have a plan for what you will do if you have to leave your home. Pick a place to meet family members or a close friend in the event that you have to evacuate. Communications often are down early in a disaster, so knowing where to meet loved ones or friends ahead of time is helpful. Use the special tips in this 4-page fact sheet to plan and prepare for any emergency. Written by Carolyn S. Wilken, Linda B. Bobroff, and Emily Minton and published by the UF Department of Family Youth and Community Sciences, February 2011.

FOR268/FR330 Urban Forests in Florida: Storm Damage Assessment Utility for Estimating Hurricane-Caused Tree Debris

FOR268, a 5-page illustrated fact sheet by Benjamin Thompson, Francisco Escobedo, Christina Staudhammer, Jerry Bond, and Chris Luley, explains how the USDA Storm Damage Assessment Protocol (SDAP), or i-Tree Storm, can be used to better estimate tree debris amounts and cleanup costs for pre-hurricane planning purposes and post-hurricane response. Includes references. Published by the UF School of Forest Resources and Conservation, July 2010.

WC093 Risk and Crisis Communication: When Things Go Wrong

W093, a 7-page illustrated fact sheet by Ricky Telg, examines the practice of crisis and risk communication as part of an organization’s overall crisis plan. Includes references. Published by the UF Department of Agricultural Education and Communication, July 2010.

FSHN0521/FS126 Agroterrorism in the U.S.: An Overview

Revised! FSHN-05-21, a 4-page fact sheet by R. Goodrich Schneider, K.R. Schneider, C.D. Webb, M. Hubbard, and D.L. Archer, discusses the use of biological agents in a deliberate, harmful attack, or terrorism using the weapons of biological warfare against the U.S. agricultural and food processing system. Includes references. Published by the UF Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, April 2009.

FCS3302/FY1081 Flood Insurance

FCS-3302, a 4-page illustrated fact sheet by Hyun-Jeong Lee, explains flood risk profiles, how flood insurance works, and how to file a flood insurance claim. Includes references. Published by the UF Department of Family Youth and Community Sciences, January 2009.

FCS3303/FY1082 Water Damage and Homeowner’s Insurance: (1) Insurance Claim

FCS-3303, a 3-page fact sheet by Hyun-Jeong Lee, describes important things to keep in mind when making an insurance claim for water damage in the home. Includes references. Published by the UF Department of Family Youth and Community Sciences, January 2009.

FCS3304/FY1083 Water Damage and Homeowner’s Insurance: (2) C.L.U.E.® Report

FCS-3304, a 3-page fact sheet by Hyun-Jeong Lee and Kathleen C. Ruppert, tells homeowners Comprehensive Loss Underwriting Exchange (C.L.U.E.®) reports — what information is include, how they can be used by homebuyers and insurers, and your legal rights. Includes references and information on obtaining a free report. Published by the UF Department of Family Youth and Community Sciences, January 2009.

FE755 Cuban Agriculture and the Impacts of Tropical Storm Fay and Hurricanes Gustav and Ike

FE755, a 9-page illustrated fact sheet by William A. Messina, Jr., Frederick S. Royce, and Thomas H. Spreen, attempts to assess the damage to Cuban agriculture caused by these three storms which hit the island within a three week period in 2008. Includes references. Published by the UF Department of Food and Resource Economics, October 2008.

VM-167/VM117 Emergency Considerations for Beef Cattle

VM-167, a 5-page illustrated guide by Max Irsik and Todd Thrift, provides a general overview of beef cattle handling, care, and health concerns which may be associated with a natural disaster such as a hurricane. Includes references. Published by the UF Department of Veterinary Medicine-Large Animal Clinical Sciences, May 2008.

ENH1054SP/EP361 Capítulo 4 – Restauración de los árboles después de un huracán

ENH-1054-SP, an 11-page full color fact sheet by Edward F. Gilman and Traci Partin, is the Spanish language version of ENG-1054, Restoring Trees after a Hurricane. It is part of the Urban Forest Hurricane Recovery Program series. It provides a step-by-step guide for restoring trees after a hurricane or wind storm so that trees can bring beauty and shade back to the community with reduced risk. Published by UF Department of Environmental Horticulture, January 2007.

AN194/AN194 Biosecurity and Biological Risk Management for Livestock Enterprises

AN-194, a 6-page fact sheet by Matt Hersom, Max Irsik, and Todd Thrift, describes biosecurity and biological risk mananagement practices, basic biosecurity and BRM management practices, disease transmission routes, enterprise security, reasons to have a BRM plan, and biosecurity best management practices. Includes resource list. Published by the UF Department of Animal Sciences, March 2008.