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Purdue Rural Emergency Preparedness

Purdue Rural Emergency Preparedness

The heat is on!

July 3, 2020

As we enjoy the the Independence Day weekend, please be aware of heat-related illnesses!  Temperatures for the next week or so are projected to be in the low to mid 90's.  The high temperatures present a risk of heat exhaustion or heat stroke to people working or enjoying recreational activities outside.  Be sure to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water and taking frequent breaks.  Limit consumption of alcoholic beverages, as they can cause dehydration, and stay in the shade when possible.  Also, don't forget pets and livestock - make sure they have plenty of water, shade, and if possible a breeze or fan.

The National Weather Service has a great informational flyer about excessive heat, heat illnesses, and safety tips that can be accessed HERE.  Or click the button below to access INPREPared's Extreme Heat resource page.


Spring & Summer Severe Weather

May 13, 2020

While we are all focused on the COVID-19 pandemic and the effects that disease is having on our lives, please remember we are entering the most dangerous time of year for deadly severe weather!  Thunderstorms, lightning, tornadoes, and floods threaten every Hoosier each year.

Click the box below to access's Severe Weather Preparedness Week site.  This page contains many resources, links, and handouts suitable for all audiences about severe spring weather in Indiana. Or, click on our "Disaster Info" tab at this top of the page for additional resources about specific weather emergencies.

While we all continue social distancing and dealing with COVID-19 challenges please keep your eye to the sky for severe weather!

Cloth Face Coverings to Slow the Spread of COVID-19

April 8, 2020

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently recommended that people wear a cloth face mask to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, especially in areas with heavy community spread of the disease.  However, CDC also requested that N-95 respirators be reserved for use by medical professionals most likely to be exposed to coronavirus.

What type of face covering is appropriate?  CDC just released a fact sheet highlighting various types of masks that can be made at home from commonly available materials such as T-shirts or bandannas.  Visit the INPREPared Coronavirus site for more information, or click the button below to access a printable .pdf instructional handout from CDC.


AgriSafe Webinar: Respirator Fit Testing in Agricultural Communities

June 19, 2020

Wednesday, June 24, 20201:00 – 2:00 p.m. EDT PresenterCharlotte Halverson, RN, BSN, COHN-SClinical Director, AgriSafe Network SummaryRespiratory PPE fit testing helps assure the best protection against dangerous airborne particles. Agricultural workers face a myriad of challenges in obtaining a proper fit test and who can provide this service. Additionally, there are gray areas of misunderstanding…

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Exercise Starter Kit for Workshop on Reconstituting Operations

May 28, 2020

FEMA has developed an Exercise Starter Kit with sample documents your organization can use to conduct your own planning workshop to navigate the complexities of returning to full operations during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. The Exercise Starter Kit includes a sample facilitator guide and conduct slides that are designed to be adapted and customized…

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Epidemic Preparedness for Community Organizations: A Facilitated Process

May 26, 2020

Join the Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN) for a special webinar entitled Epidemic Preparedness for Community Organizations: A Facilitated Process! Wednesday May 27, 2020 1:00 pm EDT/12:00 CDT/11:00 MDT/10:00 PDTRegister at  When EDEN’s Epidemic Preparedness for Community Organizations program was developed a few years ago, nobody was talking about coronavirus. But now, community organizations are serving their members…

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Purdue Ag. Safety and INPREP editorials and articles about COVID-19 and impacts on agriculture and farm families

May 13, 2020

Farm families and agricultural workers (along with the rest of society) face unprecedented challenges during this unusual time. Issues such as coordinating e-learning and child care while trying to manage a busy planting season, concerns about COVID-19 striking employees or farm family members, and obtaining needed personal protective equipment are all topics that may not…

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