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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Click here for enrollment form: Enrollment-2014
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
Dealing With Power Outages:
What you need to know, click HERE
Portable Generator Safety, click HERE
Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning, click HERE
Staying Warm in an Unheated House, click HERE
Preparing Food During a Power Outage, click HERE
Safety of Frozen Food During a Power Outage, click HERE
Safety of Refrigerated Food During a Power Outage, click HERE
WILD BOAR PROGRAM SET FOR HANCOCK
Early Detection, Rapid Response Key to Controlling Invasive Species
April 8, 2014, Hancock Town Hall, 61 West Main Street, Hancock, NY
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Delaware County is pleased to offer a program on the Eurasian boar, its identification and what is being done to eradicate it in New York. The program will take place on Tuesday, April 8, 2014, at the Hancock Town Hall, from 1:00 p.m.– 3:00 p.m. There is no fee for the program but pre-registration is appreciated. Please call 607-865-6531 to register.
The Eurasian boar is a highly destructive invasive mammal known for it's prodigious appetite. Escaped from hunting preserves in Delaware and Sullivan Counties, populations of the boar are currently breeding in the wild in locations near the Catskill towns of Hancock and Jeffersonville. Eurasian boars have a variable diet, and consume everything from acorns and roots to fawns and salamanders. They are known carriers of several diseases which are transmissible to humans, pets, and livestock, including pseudorabies, and giardia. In the winter time, family groups of boar will often follow streams to avoid deep snows, fouling waterways with feces as they travel.
New York State recently passed a bill immediately outlawing the importation, release, or breeding of Eurasian. As of September 2015, the animal will also be illegal to possess. Detection and rapid reporting of the Eurasian boar is a critical piece in their management. Please join Justin Gansowski of USDA Wildlife Services on April 8th to learn how to identify the signs of the Eurasian boar, and accurately report a sighting.
Following the discussion on Eurasian boar, Molly Marquand, Coordinator for the Catskill Regional Invasive Species Partnership (CRISP) will give a talk on 'Early Detection and Rapid Response' (EDRR) covering identification of priority invasive species that are not yet well established in the Catskills.
DELAWARE COUNTY SUSTAINABLE ENERGY SYMPOSIUM
SAVE MONEY, ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENT!
Saturday, March 8, 8:30am - 4:00pm, SUNY Delhi, Farrell Hall.
Learn about proper construction materials, cutting edge technologies, landscape design techniques and "Green Building" designs.
Professionals will discuss:
* How to reduce home energy usage and costs
* Proper plant selection and energy saving methods
* "Green Building" construction and techniques
* Using sustainable building and landscaping materials
Pre-registration required; $10 registration fee (lunch provided).
For more information contact Kelly Blakeslee at 607-746-8914 or email: email@example.com
Click on attached flyer for more information: Energy Symposium 2014
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.
ROAD RULES FOR WINTER WEATHER
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.
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.
Click HERE for more information.
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!