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State of Missouri COAD Guidance Manual

Second Edition, 2016 revision of the Missouri COAD Manual originally released in January 2014. The manual can be downloaded from the MU Extension Emergency Management website - Publications Tab, which also provides links to a number manual appendices housed on the MO SEMA (State Emergency Management Agency) website. Revised by the University of Missouri Extension – Fire & Rescue Training Institution and Cooperative Extension in conjunction with the Missouri State Emergency Management Agency, the Missouri Governor’s Faith-Based and Community Service Partnership for Disaster Recovery, the Missouri Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster, and the Missouri Interfaith Disaster Response Organization.

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The Fifth Anniversary of the Joplin Tornado: Lessons Learned

Five years have passed since Joplin was hit by a massive tornado that leveled a significant portion of the town and killed more than 150 people. Kathy Macomber and Janet LaFon discuss the long term recovery efforts. Rick Atterberry, University of Illinois Extension, will moderate. Click here to join the live webinar as a guest. The room will be unavailable until 15 minutes prior to the live event. See the NOAA NWS April and May 2011 tornado timeline to see the cost in terms of lives lost and economies.

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Drought Facebook Page

Social media postings providing drought information for the state.

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Storm Shelter and Safe Room Packet

Provides information to help homeowners start planning construction of a safe room or storm shelter. Explains the features of a shelter or safe room, where to locate resources for building and a list of manufacturers serving Missouri.

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Disaster Resource Guide for Small Businesses

Resource guide provides a general overview of issues that small businesses may face as a result of a major natural disaster and assistance available to address those issues. This disaster resource guide was originally prepared by the Missouri Small Business & Technology Centers (MO SBTDC) in June 2011 (updated May 2017) in response to the severe storms and tornadoes that struck southwest Missouri in 2011 (Missouri Declaration #12576/12577, Disaster: MO-00048; incident: SEVERE STORMS, TORNADOES & FLOODING occurring: April 19, 2011 and continuing).

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University of Missouri Floods page

Easy to use resource with fact sheets, news articles, publications and weblinks to flooding and recovery information. Extensive collections related to agriculture and housing.

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Emergencies and Disasters

Provides links to disaster news, websites, publications and courses produced by MU Extension and external sources.

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Culture and Poverty: First Steps in Preparing Rural Poor for Disaster Resiliency

The presentation offers several recommendations for future research and community engagement. These can lead to more culturally appropriate and locally tailored disaster preparedness messages, ultimately leading to more disaster resilient communities in our rural counties.

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How to Develop Community Organizations that are Active in Disaster (COADs)

How to Develop Community Organizations that are Active in Disaster (COADs) Does your community have a COAD? Bev Maltsberger, University of Missouri Extension, Carrie McKillip, University of Illinois Extension, and Dr. Mike Gaffney, Washington State University discuss how to develop COADs. Steve Cain, Purdue Extension, will moderate. Our 2016 series will be held on the second Tuesday of every month at 1 PM Eastern, with the exception of October’s webinar. It will be held October 4.

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Protecting Your Farm or Ranch From Wildfire

What can you do to prepare your farm or ranch for wildfire? Scott Cotton, University of Wyoming Extension, discusses some of the steps that you can take. Bev Maltsberger of the University of Missouri Extension moderated this presentation.

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FAQs about Handling Flooded Produce

The information in this FAQ is divided into two sections: 1) questions where the FDA’s stance is clear and 2) questions where the FDA’s guidance is more broad and difficult to interpret. 7 pages; 24 FAQs. Originally published by Vermont Extension, September 2011.

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Exercising in the Heat

Useful tips for avoiding heat illness. Useful to remember after a disaster. How the body works to keep you from overheating during exercise. Learn the signs of heat related illness.

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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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MO Extension Community Emergency Management Program

University of Missouri's CEMP provides education and technical assistance to individuals and families, local governments, businesses, schools and organizations in preparing and responding to natural and man-made disasters. This site provides the rationale and history of the UME CEMP program. Resources from the CEMP are readily available from all pages of the MU Extension Web site through the "Emergency management" tab. UME uses the site also to publish guidance for its employees.

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Missouri Extension Emergency Management Guidance

This document provides direction on how all MU Extension personnel can enhance internal emergency preparedness and support larger external efforts by local state and federal agencies. It is considered general guidance to all employees and supports MU Extension's disaster plans and policies. Signed originally by the Director of MU Extension in March 2011 and provides guidance to all MU Extension faculty and staff on ways they may engage in emergency management activities, both internally and externally. Puts the MU CEMP in context. 9 pages.

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How to help children, youth and teens after a disaster

Featured 'Coping with Disaster' article from Missouri Families.org newletter

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Replacing Important Papers

Extensive list of Missouri-specific instructions for replacing important papers. Adapted from original by Jeanette Tucker, LSU AgCenter.

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Ag Damage Assessment and Economic Loss

The Ag Damage Assessment Form provides a standardized method for individuals who are interested in determining the extent of damages to agricultural commodities and structures. Includes Assessment Form, Users Guide, Promotional Flyer, training PowerPoint and archived webinar. Designed for the consumer; good basis for an Extension workshop.

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Risk of West Nile virus remains low despite mosquito boom in flood areas

Mosquito populations increase in flooded areas, however, the threat of West Nile Virus transmission is not necessarily elevated because the types of mosquitoes associated with flooding.

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Quick Tips for Cleaning Up After a Flood

Provides short list of flood recovery tips and safety practices.

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Nitrogen Loss in 2008

Resource outlining flooding and nitrogen loss, nitrogen management, rescue nitrogen applications, and diagnosing deficiency. Discusses research comparing methods for rescue nitrogren applications and the effectiveness of using crop color sensors to apply nitrogen where needed.

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Resources for Your Flooded Home

This resource provides information for residents returning to their flooded homes. Provides comprehensive instructions for restoring homes and belongings. Emphasis and health and safety during clean up. Can be used for restoring any flood-damaged building that has only household-type contents.

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Taking Shelter from the Storm - MU Extension

Explains the importance of safe rooms in protecting lives. 1:39 minutes. Shows safe room construction.

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Sizing and Safety Tips for Standby Power Generators

Article contains information on selecting the proper size generator for you and tips on safely maintaining and operating the generator. Page has link to a printable fact sheet and a YouTube video by Eric Evans.

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Flood Fighting With Sandbags

This video discusses staging a large sandbagging operation and the use of sandbags in a flooding event. Covers containing sand boils on the "dry side" 15:20 minutes. Developed as a training tool for volunteers at large sandbagging operations with emphasis on safety.

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Checking and Disinfecting Flooded Wells

Explains how to check and disinfect a well that has been flooded. Describes process for disinfecting wells and cisterns inundated with floodwaters.

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Controlling Snakes after a Storm or Flood

Describes how to avoid snakes both indoors and outdoors.

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Controlling Rodents after a Flood

Describes how to reduce rodent problems by repelling or trapping rats, mice and squirrels.

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What Should I Do When Mother Nature Ruins My Fences?

Answers a frequently asked questions on replacing perimeter fences following a natural disaster. Speaks about water gaps and fencing laws in Missouri.

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Shock Chlorination Procedure for 6-inch Diameter Water Wells

Discusses how to specifically perform a shock chlorination procedure for 6-inch diameter water well. Detailed instructions for shock chlorination. Includes diagrams of well systems.

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Assessing the Risk of Groundwater Contamination From Petroleum Product Storage

Farm*A*Syst: Farmstead Assessment System Worksheet #4. Identifies issues with water contamination and petroleum product storage. To help farm operators identify and reduce risks of tank spills and leaks to groundwater. Also see: Assessing the Risk of Groundwater Contamination From Fertilizer Storage and Assessing the Risk of Groundwater Contamination -Overall Farmstead Assessment.

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Assessing the Risk of Groundwater Contamination from Fertilizer Storage and Handling

Farm*A*Syst: Farmstead Assessment System Worksheet No. 3 identifies water contamination related to fertilizer storage and handling. To help farm operators identify and reduce risks of tank spills and leaks to groundwater. Also see:Assessing the Risk of Groundwater Contamination - Overall Farmstead Assessment and Assessing the Risk of Groundwater Contamination From Petroleum Product Storage.

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Assessing the Risk of Groundwater Contamination -Overall Farmstead Assessment

Farm*A*Syst: Farmstead Assessment System Worksheet #9 created a summary of structure assessments and activities to assess risk of groundwater contamination. To help farm operators identify and reduce risks of tank spills and leaks to groundwater. Also see: Assessing the Risk of Groundwater Contamination From Fertilizer Storage and Handling; and Assessing the Risk of Groundwater Contamination From Petroleum Product Storage

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Caring for Flooded Lawns

Provides advice for restoring lawns that have been silted, eroded, contaminated with chemicals and exposed to disease causing organisms.

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