INDIANA PURDUE RURAL EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS
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 INPREPared.org'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.
Addressing PPE Needs in Non-Healthcare Settings
April 23, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused personal protective equipment shortages, especially respirators and eye & face protection, among medical facilities throughout the nation. Major efforts have been made to ensure that front-line healthcare workers have access to necessary PPE to prevent COVID-19 infection.
However, many other industries, including agriculture, rely on the use of PPE to protect workers from job hazards. FEMA has developed guidance for non-healthcare industries to better address PPE shortages and continue safe operation. Click the box below for FEMA's newly released Fact Sheet.
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…Read More »
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 https://bit.ly/EDEN-SpecialWebinar-52720. 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…Read More »
Purdue Ag. Safety and INPREP editorials and articles about COVID-19 and impacts on agriculture and farm families
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…Read More »
The staffs of the Purdue University Agricultural Safety & Health program and Indiana PREPared have just released a newly updated “Glossary of Agrosecurity Terms.” This glossary was originally developed by Bill Field, Extension Safety Specialist and Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, for use by students in his agrosecurity class that was established after the…Read More »