Helping You Recover from Hurricane Irma

As a result of Hurricane Irma, many people are now dealing with the major job of clean-up and recovery. UF/IFAS Extension has a lot of resources and expertise that people can call upon as they have questions and are looking for solutions. To help to clarify who and where to call, here is a list of all the UF/IFAS Extension county offices that  More»

UF experts offer tips for tree, lawn survival post-Irma

As property owners and managers clean up lawns and trees in the wake of Hurricane Irma’s wind and rain, University of Florida experts offer several tips for tree planning and recovery and lawn improvement. Michael Orfanedes, a commercial horticulture agent at the UF/IFAS Extension Broward County office, said it’s important to get input from a certified arborist before deciding what to do with your damaged trees. “If your tree blew  More»

UF expert offers tips on tending to mental health after a hurricane

  While residents are cleaning up after Hurricane Irma, and many are still without electricity and clean water, it is not unexpected that some are starting to show symptoms of stress. Heidi Radunovich, a psychologist with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, says taking care of your mental health is just as important as addressing physical needs. “Most people are able to cope well with the  More»

Avoiding foodborne illness during hurricane season

  by Tom Nordlie Protect your family from foodborne illness during hurricane season by following research-based guidelines and common sense, urges a University of Florida food safety expert. As part of Hurricane Irma recovery, take steps to ensure that perishable food is protected from future storms, says Amy Simonne, a professor with the department of family, youth and community sciences, part of the UF Institute of Food and  More»

4-H youth offer phone charging station for neighbors

When much of Pinellas County lost power due to Hurricane Irma, the Reed family’s neighborhood was among those that went dark. The Reeds’ two sons, Breighton, 12, and Emmerson, 9, heard that their neighbors needed to charge their phones to call family and friends. That’s when the boys’ many years in Florida 4-H really kicked in. They had to find a way to help their community. “After working to clean up some neighbors’ yards after  More»

UF/IFAS Extension steps up to feed hungry children, babies

  Laurie Hurner could hear the children and babies crying in hunger in her sleep. The University of Florida IFAS Extension Highlands County director knew she had to feed children left hungry by Hurricane Irma, so she reached out to Stephanie Farmer, 4-H advocate and agriculture journalist, for help. “Saturday was the first day that many families in southwest Florida got power back and the ability to communicate,” Hurner said.  More»