Cornell Cooperative Extension Statewide Mission
The Cornell Cooperative Extension educational system enables people to improve their lives and communities through partnerships that put experience and research knowledge to work.
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LINK TO EDEN DISASTER PREPAREDNESS
LINK TO EDEN - CLICK HERE: EDEN
Sign up for NY –Alert weather reports on your computers and smartphones. Click here
Also, please familiarize yourself with the information on the NY EDEN website regarding Severe Summer storms and share this information widely. Click here
Specifically for agriculture, consider hosting Farm Disaster Preparedness clinics. Click here
Finally, for virtually any extreme weather event, preparedness is key. Click here
For more information click here: EmergencyPreparedness
ROAD RULES FOR THE HOLIDAYS
Hitting the road this holiday? In some areas winter weather means snow, sleet and ice that can lead to slower traffic, hazardous road conditions and unseen dangers. Are you prepared? According to a recent FEMA survey, 52 percent of people reported having supplies set aside for use in a disaster.
If your travel needs call for driving in wintry weather, prepare your car for the trip by updating your vehicle emergency kit with:
- Booster cables;
- Blankets, hats, socks, and mittens;
- Road salt or sand; and
- A fluorescent distress flag.
While on the road, follow these driving techniques to ensure you reach your destination safely:
*Decrease your speed and leave plenty of room to stop;
*Break gently to avoid skidding;
* Do not use cruise control or overdrive on icy roads; and
* Turn on your lights to increase your visibility to others.
Road conditions can change quickly! Should disaster strike when traveling, use the Disaster Reporter feature on the FEMA app to send photos of your location for first responders and response teams to view. You can also keep up with weather forecasts using your NOAA weather radio to plan ahead! Remember safety first. If weather conditions are too severe, it’s best not to drive.
WHAT'S IN YOUR CHIMNEY?
During the winter months, many people use fireplaces, wood stoves and other fuel-fired appliances to heat their homes. Heating fires account for 36 percent of residential fires in rural areas each year. These fires are often due to creosote buildup in chimneys and stovepipes. The U.S. Fire Administration encourages these steps and more to keep your home fires burning safely:
Have your chimney or wood stove inspected and cleaned yearly by a certified chimney specialist;
- Leave glass doors open while burning a fire to prevent creosote buildup; and
- Install stovepipe thermometers to help monitor flue temperatures.
Do you know how to properly build and maintain a fire to heat your home? Watch the video series hosted by the National Fire Academy Deputy Superintendent to learn fire safety techniques. Taking these actions will also support the mission of America’s PrepareAthon! for a more disaster resilient nation!
HOLIDAY DECORATION CLASSES
Netty's Flowers in Walton will be teaching holiday decorating workshops during December at the CCE-Resource Center, Hamden. The cost of each class is $30.00
Monday, December 16, 1:30pm to 3:30pm OR 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Participants will design a fresh floral centerpiece of chrysanthemums, miniature carnations and assorted holiday greens in a festive container made especially for your home or to give as a gift.
For more information or to register, call 607-865-6531.
CATSKILL GRASS BIO-ENERGY PROJECT
Grass biomass is receiving interest as a renewable alternative energy source as energy prices have dramatically increased in recent years. Production and combustion of grass biomass pellets for heating is a very promising option.
Check out more by clicking on the following links:
(more information located under the Agriculture & Natural Resource Tab)
Catskill Grass Bioenergy Project
Why Grass Pellet Fuel?
DEER TICKS AND LYME DISEASE
The deer tick, also known as the black-legged tick, is the principal vector of Lyme disease in the northeastern and north central United States. Lyme disease is an illness caused by a spirochete (a corkscrew-shaped bacterium). The Lyme disease spirochete Borrelia burgdorferi is transmitted primarily by the deer tick, which normally feeds on mice, deer, and other small and medium-sized mammals and birds. If a human is bitten by an infected tick and consequently infected with the spirochete, the individual may develop Lyme disease.
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