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Purdue Rural Emergency Preparedness

Purdue Rural Emergency Preparedness

Spring is on the way!

February 26, 2021

Much-welcomed warmer temperatures the past few days have melted most of the snow and ice we accumulated earlier in February.  March 1 brings the beginning of "meteorological" spring, with the official first day of spring March 20.

With the change in seasons, our focus needs to turn to different types of severe weather threats.  Although snow and ice events can happen for several more weeks (and we'll leave the winter weather preparation links on this page for a  while), we will likely begin seeing severe thunderstorms, flooding, and possibly tornadoes as spring arrives.  March 14-20 has been designated as Severe Weather Awareness Week, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't begin to think about the dangers of severe spring weather now.  Please click below to access INPREP's 2021 Severe Weather Awareness Week page, which contains many resources to help prepare for spring weather challenges.

Winter Weather Preparation

February 4, 2020

This winter has been fairly mild for most of Indiana.  However, the next several days promise to bring possibly the coldest air of the season.  A few nights below zero are expected, and some days may not make it past single digit temperatures.  Not only is it uncomfortable, extreme cold can be deadly to people, livestock, and pets.  Take some time to prepare for this upcoming cold snap to protect your family!

Indiana PREPared has a variety of resources to assist you in planning and preparing for severe winter weather.  Click here to access PREPnotes about a variety of winter weather preparedness topics for your home and farm.

For up-to-date information about Indiana weather conditions, advisories, and forecasts visit the National Weather Service's Indiana Forecast Site.

Click the box below to reach the Indiana PREPared Winter Storms/Extreme Cold site for many other suggestions and resources.


Let’s Talk Fairs and Potential Disaster Situations

March 1, 2021

EDEN PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WEBINAR SERIES  Tuesday March 9, 2021 1:00 pm EST / Noon CSTRegister at: Join the Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN) for this month’s professional development webinar entitled Let’s Talk Fairs and Potential Disaster Situations!What’s your relationship with your county or state fair? Do you know who to call if the fairgrounds is needed for…

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SKYWARN Weather Spotter Training Sessions Available in March

February 26, 2021

Source: National Weather Service Indianapolis In most years, thunderstorms, tornadoes and lightning cause hundreds of injuries and deaths and billions in property and crop damages.  To obtain critical weather information, the National Weather Service (NWS) established SKYWARN® with partner organizations. SKYWARN® is a volunteer program with between 350,000 and 400,000 trained severe weather spotters. These volunteers help…

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Talking to Farmers About Their Pain

February 22, 2021

Free webinar presented by the AgriSafe Network Thursday, February 25, 2021 1:00 – 2:00 EST CLICK HERE TO REGISTER Summary: The occupational hazards that farmers face put them at greater risk for acute and chronic pain as a result of ergonomic repetition, accident, or surgical procedure. Addressing specific occupational sources of pain and what activities the…

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Using Portable Generators Safely

February 17, 2021

All of Indiana has been in a “deep freeze” the past several days, with the polar vortex bring cold and snowy conditions.  Fortunately, most of the state has avoided widespread power outages due to the weather, as has been seen in other states recently.  Sadly, one of the most common causes of death associated with…

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