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Purdue Rural Emergency Preparedness

Purdue Rural Emergency Preparedness

The heat is on!

July 10, 2020

As we enter the "dog days" of summer, there is a strong heat wave predicted by the National Weather Service for much of the next several days.  Unfortunately, the excessive heat is not only uncomfortable, it can be deadly to people and animals if precautions are not taken.  To help you prepare your family, pets, and farm for the possible very hot weather to come, INPREPared has assembled plenty of resources about working and playing in the hot weather, along with information about the treatment and prevention of heat-related illnesses.

The National Weather Service has a great informational flyer about excessive heat, heat illnesses, and safety tips that can be accessed HERE.  INPREPared's feature article about heat issues is available on our NEWS page.  Or click the box 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.


IN-PREPared Extension Website Earns ASABE Blue Ribbon Award

July 27, 2020

Source: Jesica Hollinger – Purdue Extension The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) recently awarded the Purdue Rural Emergency Preparedness program (IN-PREPared) with The Blue Ribbon Award for their efforts to provide disaster and emergency resources and training to Indiana residents, especially through their specially created website Founded in 1907, ASABE is an…

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AgriSafe Webinar – Mental Health in Farm and Ranch Country: How Communities Can Help

July 13, 2020

Thursday, July 30, 20201:00 PM – 2:00 PM EDT SummaryIn rural communities, the stigma associated with mental distress is hard to confront. Rural agricultural residents pride themselves as hard-working and dedicated to the land. These characteristics are sometimes in direct conflict with asking for help and self-care, leaving those around them at a loss for words and…

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Roots of the Soil: Land Succession Issues among African American Farm Families

July 13, 2020

Webinar held 8, 2020CLICK HERE to access an archived video of the program. When we consider the word “preparedness” situations such as being ready for severe weather, having an emergency plan for our family or farm, or maintaining a stock of food and water for an extended power outage or snowstorm usually come to mind.…

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Lots of heat on the way for Indiana

July 10, 2020

The “dog days” of summer are here! The National Weather Service is predicting a significant heat wave for much of the Midwest beginning about July 15 and extending several days.  Heat indexes of 100o or higher are expected, which will be the hottest stretch of weather so far this season.  Extremely hot weather can cause…

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