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Penn State Extension Resources For Flooding

Posted: September 12, 2011

As many Pennsylvania residents are in the midst of significant flooding, there will be exceptional demand for credible information. Extension can provide science based information for homeowners and businesses that are affected by flooding.

In addition to the information provided by state agencies such as your county Emergency Management agency, Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) and the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, residents will benefit from the information that can be provided through the county Extension Offices.

The following web based resources are available through EDEN (The Extension Disaster Education Network), and eXtension. Links to these resources are provided in this article and, if needed, hard copies can be obtained from your local Extension office.

Flood recovery can be a traumatic experience for many. Decisions made in haste may prove to be costly and detrimental to those affected by flooding.

Penn State Extension has developed a spotlight on the home page listing flood resources: http://agsci.psu.edu/news/spotlight/flood-resources

Information about preparing for and responding to disasters and emergencies can be found at the Pennsylvania Extension Disaster Education Network website. Click the link on Emergency Readiness, and then, Flood Resources.

The National Extension Initiative (eXtension) has a Disaster Issues area, including Floods and Agriculture Disaster Preparedness. Visit: http://www.extension.org/ and select Disaster Issues, Floods or Agricultural Disaster Preparedness. Additional information for production agriculture can be found at: http://www.readyag.psu.edu.

Each County Extension office as a set of three ring binders, and a CD of the Extension Disaster Handbook. There is a section for floods. The url for the web-based version is: http://disaster.ifas.ufl.edu/masterfr.htm

EDEN has a floods and flooding topics page. There are a variety of credible resources listed.

One of the EDEN resources that has been distributed and utilized nationally is First Steps to Flood Recovery. This is an outstanding, easily used resource:  http://www.extension.purdue.edu/floodpub/index.html. Hard copies of this material for those without electricity, or without internet access can be obtained from your local Extension office. This information is important for those returning to a flooded home and includes sections on Help your Family, People with Disabilities, Care of Pets and Livestock, Reentering Buildings, Damaged Food, Drinking Water/Well Water, Salvaging Keepsakes, Salvaging Furniture, Large Electrical Appliances, Carpets and Flooring, Drywall and Insulation, Contacting Your Insurance Company, and Government and Community Support.

The state of North Dakota has experienced unprecedented flooding recently. Their Extension system has made available a variety of flood related resources for Extension to share with the public.

Local County Animal Response Teams (CART) can provide assistance for pets and animals.