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Search is Over – Explore EDEN’s New Website Webinar (Part 1)

It’s here! EDEN’s new website (EDEN.lsu.edu) has been launched. Learn to navigate it’s 3 new channels – Educate, Explore and Engage. Reduce your time searching for research-based resources, grant projects and programs, or other colleagues programming in Disaster Education.

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Impacts of Disaster on Youth

According to research focusing on children's mental and physical responses to disaster, children are more touched by a traumatic event than adults. This affect differs depending on the age and stage of the child's development, with adolescents being at most risk. Lynette Black, Oregon State University Extension, will discuss how disasters affect youth of all ages and what adults can do both before and after the event to alleviate the effects. Debbie Hurlbert, Louisiana State University AgCenter, will moderate. Click here to join the live webinar as a guest.

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FAQs – After Gutting Your Flooded Home

23 frequently asked questions with answers - unbiased information - based on building science principles and practices, to help home owners, contractors and workers make informed decisions. From making sure the floor and framing are dry enough and free of mold, to what to do about sheathing, weather barriers and insulation.

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Louisiana NFIP FloodMaps Portal Services

The LSU AgCenter Flood Maps portal was created in 2008 as a building-code education tool for wind-resistance, and was later expanded to help the people of Louisiana engage in the process of revising the Flood Insurance Rate Maps for their communities. Since 2011 the portal displays the current, pending and most recent historic FIRMs for all parishes in the state, whether or not the maps are being revised, and includes an expanded "What does this mean" feature. FIRMs impact daily life, as they are tied to construction permitting and mortgage lending. It has SOME use for actual flood events.

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Preventing Flood Damage Resource Collection

An extensive collection, with both print and video materials generated over several years and two FEMA-funded mitigation projects.

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Mold Removal Guidelines for your Flooded Home

2-pager. Provides basic steps for safely cleaning up mold and preventing its regrowth. It is focused on mold resulting from flooding but is applicable to other causes as well.

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Post-Flood Neurologic Disorders in Horses

Natural disasters are stressful for horses. Stress on horses can result in neurologic disorders. This fact sheet describes symptoms and possible causes. Part of "The Educated Horseman" Series.

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Storm Damage Cleanup Highlights

This fact sheet highlights key guidelines to help you safely and effectively clean and restore your storm-damaged home. See also the LSU AgCenter “Storm Recovery Guide”.

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Flood Injuries in Horses

Horses affected by floodwaters face a variety of issues varying in degrees of seriousness. Horse owners who understand the threats and have a flood plan typically reduce the stress and health risks their horses may experience. Part of "The Educated Horseman" Series.

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Rebuild Healthy Homes

HUD’s Rebuild Healthy Homes: Guide to Post-disaster Restoration for a Safe and Healthy Home is a very detailed and comprehensive how-to guide for homeowners and volunteers that is available as a free mobile app and free online PDF. These resources and associated videos are found at the HUD Post-Disaster Healthy Housing Resources page.

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Sister Storms: A Louisiana Sea Grant Response

This video chronicles the professional response and personal stories of three Marine Extension agents living and working in the areas affected by Katrina and Rita, nine months into recovery from these summer 2005 hurricanes.

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Build Safer, Stronger, Smarter: Add Strength and Water Resistance When Repairing Your Roof

Detailed, illustrated guide for improving storm resistance and building code compliance. Describes steps you can take at every stage of roof work to minimize future storm damage and meet residential building codes designed to reduce potential roof damage from storms. Includes Basic Windspeed Map for Louisiana. 6 pages.

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Louisiana House

A research-based SHOWCASE OF SOLUTIONS and educational outreach program to help you shape the future with homes that offers MORE comfort, durability, value, convenience, environmental quality, safety and better health with LESS energy, water, pollution, waste, damage and loss. One of a handful of Extension-operated, sustainable housing educational facilities. Well documented and "extended" on the Web site.

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Improve Your Home and Prosper

For homeowners who plan to remodel, renovate, or improve their homes - points out the advantages of adding hazard resistance and energy efficiency at the same time. 6 pages

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Using Water-Inflated Barriers to Prevent Flood Damage

Video series that describe the use of water-inflated barriers to hold back low-level floodwater. W-I barriers are available commercially and can be constructed from irrigation tubing.

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Flood Wraps and Temporary Shields

video describes wrapping a building with polyethylene to prevent entry of floodwaters under 3 feet. Also mentions options for holding the polyethylene away for the building on a temporary support structure and commercial alternative.

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Use Preservative-treated Wood When Rebuilding After a Hurricane

For owners and contractors of storm-damaged homes, proper materials and pest management steps can reduce the impact of insects, wood decay and rot in termite hazard areas and wet climate zones. Recommendations for rebuilding using preservative-treated wood and following an integrated pest management program at the time of construction. 4 pages.

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Feeding Cattle Following a Disaster

Meeting the most basic nutrient requirements needed for survival should be the goal when feeding cattle following a disaster. Feeding basics, feeding water-damaged hay or feed and salvaging flood-damaged hay and feeds included.

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Avoiding Home Repair Ripoffs

Tips on how best to arrive at a written contract after a disaster.

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Using Sandbags for Flood Protection

Publication contains information on properly filling and stacking sandbags and on using them for short walls and full levees.

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Wet Floodproofing

Defines Wet Floodproofing, comparing it to other flood damage reduction measures, and provides general guidance on types of improvements and materials choices that can lead to reduced damage in future floods, short of elevating the building.

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Insulating Raised Floors in Hot, Humid Climates

For homeowners, designers, and builders of homes with raised wood subfloors in flood zone areas with high water table or open pier and beam designs. Summarizes of a study of the subfloor moisture levels in south Louisiana raised-foundation homes with six different insulation systems. Includes the resulting recommendations to help homeowners, builders, architects, insulation contractors, home inspectors and others balance energy efficiency, comfort and durability issues.

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Avian Influenza

What is avian influenza (bird flu)? What are the hosts for avian influenza? How is avian influenza transmitted from bird to bird? What are the signs of avian influenza in birds?

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Managing in Tough Times - Louisiana

Managing in Tough Times provides helpful information for families experiencing a disaster, such as how to manage finances, keep the family strong and stay healthy. Three related products. Some in Vietnamese. Developed as part of Special Needs multi-state grant for Oil Spill recovery.

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Flood, Wind and Water Resistance Features Used in Building LaHouse

Often used for self-guided tours - in person, or view the web. LaHouse is a showcase for best practices and code-plus construction. Its flood- and wind-resistance features meet or exceed the criteria of the Fortified for Safer Living program of the Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS). LaHouse showcases multiple solutions across a range of price points, integrating durability with other goals of sustainability: resource efficient, healthy, practical and convenient. (PDF Format Only)

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Building Your High-Performance Home

This guide for the gulf coast region provides details for creating a home that is energy efficient, hazard resistant, healthy, safe and convenient for a lifetime. How to Use the manual, and List of Figures can be downloaded. Manual cost: $15 plus tax and shipping. You can order this 88-page, spiral-bound book online.

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Charting Your Course to Home Ownership

Topics addressed by units in the curriculum include: Navigating Your Way to a New Home; Staying on Course with Financial Management; Sailing Through the Mortgage Process and Keeping a Safe Harbor. Target audience low to moderate income, first-time home buyers. Learn to select the best home for your family and budget, choose your home-buying team, get your finances in order, manage your credit, obtain the best mortgage and maintain and protect your investment.

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Build Safer Stronger Smarter: Elevating an Existing Home

For homeowners who have flooded or whose home is below the required base flood elevations. Provides rationale, alternatives and incentives for elevating. Elevation is the most effective on-site method of reducing future flood damage. 8 pages.

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Build Safer, Stronger, Smarter: Add Strength and Water Resistance When Repairing Your Walls

For homeowners and home builders in hurricane zones who plan to remodel or add-on to a home. Whether you are just replacing siding or you have damage that's requiring you to completely remove all the wall coverings - inside or outside - you can work to minimize future storm damage at every stage of the project. 6 pages

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Using an Electrical Generator for Emergency Power

Offers safety tips for using generators and instructions for calculating power requirements for appliances.

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True Colors Shining Through: Cooperative Extension Strengths in Time of Disaster

Responding to and recovering from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita provided valuable insights into the services that state Extension Services have the capability to provide. Published in Journal of Extension (JOE)

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After the Storm: LSU AgCenter Commits to Katrina/Rita Recovery

This 20-page tabloid publication shows just a few of the hundreds of examples of the LSU AgCenter’s response to the devastation of hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Fully illustrated.

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Water Requirements and Safety for Cattle Following a Disaster

Two-page fact sheet on how to provide safe water to cattle after a disaster, such as, flooding. Includes information on how to disinfect and calculate trough capacity.

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Formosan Subterranean Termite Control & Prevention After Hurricanes and Flooding

Information on preventing Formosan subterranean termites from spreading, disposing of termite-infested wood and debris, transporting mulch and other wood debris, inspecting and re-treating, signs of infestation and differences between termites and ants. (PDF format only)

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Storm Recovery Guide

Topics include safety and health advice, dealing with financial loss, risk management, restoring storm-damaged buildings, salvaging belongings, and lawn and garden care. Consolidates content that was previously in 29 fact sheets.

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Louisiana Weather and Climate Synopsis by Parish

Louisiana Weather and Climate Synopsis by Parish (County)

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Safety at the Flood Site

Outlines general and electrical safety when returning to flooded homes. Identifies health and safety risks at flood sites and recommendations to prevent injury and disease.

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Rising Above the Flood

video describes elevation of buildings on slab, based on an Amite River Basin project in Louisiana. The 2005 archived version is available in PDF format. 20-minute video documentation with homeowner interviews also available.

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Functions and Values of Wetlands in Louisiana

Describes the economic, social and ecological value of Louisiana's wetlands.

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Above the Flood

Documents and explains the slab elevation process. Video was shot during an Amite River Basin project that elevated five buildings. Video is appx 11 minutes on process with an additional 9 minutes of homeowner interviews with the five project participants.

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Ready for Rain - Floodproofing tips and techniques

A unique collection of VERY practical how-tos with cautions. Of, by and for Louisiana climate and conditions. Video segments ranging from 4 to 12 minutes (total viewing 1 hour), each on a specific technique. Concentrates on lower-cost techniques that are approriate for low-level flooding. Original VHS tape converted to digitial wave files.

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Floodwalls

For consumers or builders who are considering constructing a permanent floodwall to protect their home in flood prone areas. Provides information on cost, considerations and construction of floodwalls to protect individual properties.

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Using Levees for Flood Protection

Includes information on constructing a private levee. For homeowners in flood hazard areas who are considering installing berms or levees to protect their homes. 2 pages.

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