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Preparing for Floods and Flash Floods

By Edward J Sheldon / January 8, 2020 / 0 Comments

Current weather forecasts are indicating much of Indiana could receive 2″-5″ of rain later this week. With the ground already wet, that rainfall could cause widespread flooding throughout the region. Some simple advance preparation will help you be ready for possible floods in your area. Know the flood warning system in your community, and be…

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Protect Your Plumbing and Appliances during a Winter Power Failure

By Edward J Sheldon / December 20, 2019 / 0 Comments

Indiana winters always present the possibility of ice storms, heavy snow, and windy conditions that can cause power outages. Not only are power outages uncomfortable for people, our home’s plumbing and appliances can be severely damaged by freezing temperatures resulting from the loss of heating. During a power failure or other heating emergency, protect exposed…

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Indiana Winter Road Conditions

By Edward J Sheldon / December 16, 2019 / 0 Comments

When traveling during snowy or icy conditions, please take your time, and check road conditions before your leave! The following websites provide real-time information for Indiana motorists: INDOT Highway Info 511This site provides road condition status of state and federal highways in Indiana. Winter driving conditions, road closures, construction information, and more are included on…

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Protecting Livestock During Winter Storms

By Edward J Sheldon / December 9, 2019 / 0 Comments

Large numbers of livestock may be killed in winter storms. Wind coupled with severe or prolonged cold weather causes additional stress on livestock, increasing their need for food, water, and shelter. Pre-planning for winter storms by addressing these issues can help protect your livestock during severe winter weather. Provide Shelter Move stock, especially the young,…

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Winter Holiday Personal Safety

By Edward J Sheldon / December 6, 2019 / 0 Comments

Source: Indiana Department of Homeland Security Cybercriminals, thieves, and road hazards can become real-life Scrooges this time of the year. Take some time to review safety tips that can help keep the season festive. Online Shopping Shopping online can be a great tool in finding the perfect holiday gifts. For the 2019 holiday season, 73…

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Tips to Keep Pets Safe for the Holidays

By Edward J Sheldon / November 21, 2019 / 0 Comments

Denise Derrer, BOAH Public Information Director INDIANAPOLIS (19 November 2019)—The holiday season is filled with special food, decorations and gatherings with relatives and friends. Some of that fun can be dangerous to pets. Each year many pets are rushed to emergency veterinary clinics over the holidays after often-preventable mishaps with food or decorations. Dr. Melissa…

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Indiana counties enact burn bans

By Edward J Sheldon / September 24, 2019 / 0 Comments

Several Indiana counties, primarily in southern and southeastern regions of the state, have enacted open burning bans due to the dry weather conditions. 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…

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National Farm Safety and Health Week

By Edward J Sheldon / September 6, 2019 / 0 Comments

September 15-21, 2019 Source: The National Education Center for Agricultural Safety (NECAS) Each year since 1944, the third week of September has been recognized as National Farm Safety & Health Week. This recognition has been an annual promotion initiated by the National Safety Council and has been proclaimed as such by each sitting U.S. President…

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Healing in the Heartland

By Edward J Sheldon / August 9, 2019 / 0 Comments

Mental health issues are impacting our agricultural and rural communities each and every day. Increased understanding of the impact, resources and ways to overcome this impact is needed.   Together, we must seek to be better informed and discover solutions to support our farm families and rural communities. We can do more to engage and advocate…

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INPREPared.org to Launch during the Indiana State Fair!

By Edward J Sheldon / August 2, 2019 / 0 Comments

Stay “emergency aware” with Indiana PREPared!  The brand new Purdue Rural Emergency Preparedness program (INPREPared) is Purdue Extension’s comprehensive resource for disaster preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation, with an emphasis on rural and agricultural issues.  The project will launch during the Indiana State Fair, with a special exhibit in the Purdue Extension Agriculture-Horticulture Building August…

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