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Purdue Rural Emergency Preparedness

Purdue Rural Emergency Preparedness

Rain brings relief to dry conditions in much of Indiana

October 22, 2020

Rains over the past few days have helped reduce danger of field, brush, and forest fires. However, several Indiana counties, especially in west central and southwest areas of the state, remain in a "burn ban" status. Even if you received some rain this week, please be sure to check the burn ban status in your county. Regardless of burn bans always use caution by observing wind conditions and surrounding areas when open burning.
Farmers should continue be alert for combine fires during harvest 2020. Several combine fires have been reported around the state this harvest season. Click the "News" tab for tips from Purdue's Agricultural Safety & Health program for preventing combine fires.
During fall, many people enjoy recreational campfires. Be sure to keep any recreational fire contained in a fire ring or pit, and observe local regulations. Click the box below to visit Indiana Department of Homeland Security's Burn Ban Map.

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!


Using Readers’ Theater for Supporting the Health and Safety of Farmers and Their Families

October 7, 2020

Thursday, October 15 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. ET This webinar presents the concept of didactic readers’ theater as an educational intervention to influence social norms in communities. Findings from the multiple award winning Farm Dinner Theater, an R01 research study funded by NIOSH, will be presented. This entertaining format resulted in over half of the…

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Free Official 840 RFID Cattle Tags Available for a Limited Time

September 28, 2020

Source: Denise Derrer – Indiana State Board of Animal Health (BOAH) Electronic identification in the form of radio frequency identification (RFID) tags continues to be the standard for identifying cattle in the state of Indiana. Hoosier cattle producers have placed nearly 2 million 840 tags since 2014. The Indiana State Board of Animal Health (BOAH)…

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Dry weather causing Indiana counties to enact burn bans

September 22, 2020

A few Indiana counties have already enacted open burning bans due to the dry weather conditions we are experiencing. Even if your county is not currently under a burn ban, always use caution when burning leaves, debris, or when enjoying a recreational fire! The Indiana Department of Homeland Security current burn ban map can be…

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National Preparedness Month: Teach Youth About Preparedness

September 22, 2020

Source: FEMA September is National Preparedness Month. Each week, National Preparedness Month will highlight easy-to-follow steps that your family can take to improve preparedness at home. This week, the theme is “Teach Youth About Preparedness.” Disasters affect everyone, and it’s important to include our children in preparing for emergencies, including COVID-19. According to research published by FEMA’s Individual…

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