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Flood recovery resources
Scams and fraud add insult to injury after a disaster

Already reeling from a loss, flood victims can fall prey to dishonest businesses, questionable charities and those looking to make a quick buck.. Read more

Flood-related resources from MU Extension

Extension has resources to help you and your family prepare for and recover from floods and other weather-related emergencies. Read more

After a flood, think food safety

Floodwater often contains sewage or animal waste that could contaminate foods with harmful organisms. Read more

Severe-weather resources from MU Extension

Review our extensive collection of resources and links to help individuals, families and communities prepare for and recover from weather-related emergencies and other disasters. Read more

MU Extension expert recommends replacing older smoke detectors

If smoke alarms are over 10 years old, you should look at a replacement plan. Read more

Ebola information for Missourians

There is a great deal in the media concerning the Ebola outbreak. Some information may be good, but much is borderline misinformation or contributes to a sense of panic. Read more

Keys to emergency preparedness

While security experts and law enforcement personnel are determined to make sure events like the Boston Marathon bombing never happen again. Read more

Know which foods to pitch after a power outage

Severe spring weather can bring power outages. If the electricity is out for more than two hours, it is important to know how to make sure the foods in your refrigerator and freezer are safe. Read more

Be prepared for disasters

Missouri weather brings year-round chances for severe weather. Every family should have a plan and supplies, and every family member should know what to do. Get started on your family's plan today. Read more

Keep important papers accessible

In an emergency, you won't have time to gather up important papers, like bank records, savings bonds and birth certificates. Use this guide to organize important records. Read more

About the Community Emergency Management Program

CEMP provides education and technical assistance to individual and families, local governments, businesses, schools and organizations in preparing and responding to natural and man-made disasters. Read more

News

  • Friday, July 22, 2016
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Current high heat puts the public at risk.
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  • Thursday, July 21, 2016
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – It’s not cool to be hot, says University of Missouri Extension health and safety specialist Karen Funkenbusch. Water, rest and shade help workers beat the heat.
  • Friday, July 1, 2016
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Yes, June in Missouri was hot and dry, excessively so in spots. Preliminary data indicates the monthly average will be eighth- or ninth-hottest on record since 1895, says state climatologist Pat Guinan.
  • Thursday, June 30, 2016
    Editors: With flash flood watches in effect in portions of Missouri this weekend, these ready-to-publish news releases may be of interest to readers:
  • Friday, June 24, 2016
    COLUMBIA, Mo. ­– Pigs can’t cool themselves through sweating and need special attention during heat waves, says University of Missouri Extension swine nutrition specialist Marcia Shannon.
  • Thursday, June 23, 2016
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Lawns around the Show-Me State are starting to turn brown. But that’s a normal, and temporary, response to hot, dry weather.
  • Wednesday, June 22, 2016
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – The combination of prolonged high heat and dry weather potentially threatens fish ponds, says a University of Missouri Extension fisheries and wildlife specialist.
  • Tuesday, June 21, 2016
    BUTLER, Mo. — Even if you think you’re getting used to the sweltering weather, you need to watch out for signs of heat-related illness.
  • Tuesday, June 21, 2016
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – When there isn’t enough water on the soil, there’s not enough water in ground wells. And that can cause bacterial problems that require testing, says University of Missouri Extension water quality specialist Bob Broz.
  • Tuesday, June 21, 2016
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Farmers and rural residents can use simple tips to conserve water in the home during drought, says University of Missouri Extension water quality specialist Bob Broz.
  • Monday, June 20, 2016
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – University of Missouri Extension climatologist Pat Guinan urges Missourians to report the impact of drought in their areas to the Drought Impact Reporter (DIR) at droughtreporter.unl.edu.
  • Tuesday, June 14, 2016
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Crops need rain and lower temperatures soon for relief. Most crops are “just a few days away from difficult times,” says University of Missouri Extension agronomy specialist Bill Wiebold.
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  • Friday, January 15, 2016
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – University of Missouri Extension has issued a revised edition of the 24-page publication “Resources for Your Flooded Home,” which covers a variety of issues residents of flood-damaged homes may have to deal with, including health and safety precautions; assessing damage; cleaning and disinfecting; mold and mildew prevention and removal; step-by-step restoration; filing for insurance and federal disaster assistance; and credit and other sources of relief.
  • Monday, December 28, 2015
    Conne Burnham, University of Missouri Extension state emergency management specialist, can answer reporters' questions on disaster readiness, response and recovery at the household, community and state level. Contact Burnham at 573-884-5254 or burnhamc@missouri.edu.
  • Monday, July 13, 2015
    BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. — Even if you think you’re getting used to the triple-digit temperatures, you need to watch out for signs of heat-related illness.
  • Friday, June 26, 2015
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – If your basement sprung a leak during recent intense rainfalls, you’re not alone.
  • Friday, June 26, 2015
    University of Missouri Extension has resources to help you and your family prepare for and recover from floods and other weather-related emergencies.
  • Wednesday, June 17, 2015
    BLUE SPRINGS, Mo.– Flooding is a potential threat in many parts of Missouri. And even if your house is not in a flood plain, you may drive through one on your way home, warns a University of Missouri Extension community development specialist.
  • Tuesday, June 2, 2015
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Floods can devastate property and have lasting effects on a community. In the aftermath, people might not think about the consequences flooding can have on food.
  • Wednesday, August 15, 2012
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Resources threatened by this year’s drought include ponds that depend on surface runoff for water. Fish are at risk from high water temperatures, oxygen depletion, increased disease potential and other problems as water levels drop in ponds through lack of runoff and evaporation, said Bob Pierce, University of Missouri Extension state fisheries and wildlife specialist.
  • Thursday, August 9, 2012
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – The livestock industry is taking a direct hit by this summer’s drought, and that will impact consumers’ wallets next year, says a University of Missouri agricultural economist.
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  • Wednesday, August 8, 2012
    NOVELTY, Mo. – Zac Erwin stood by a drought-stunted field of Sudangrass as he talked to wagon-loads of field day visitors at the MU Greenley Research Center, Aug. 7.
  • Friday, August 3, 2012
    COLUMBIA – Soybeans that won’t make a seed crop offer potential high-quality forage for beef and dairy producers. The decision to cut beans for hay won’t be easy, say University of Missouri Extension specialists.
  • Thursday, August 2, 2012
    COLUMBIA, Mo – Some heat-stressed cows are delivering premature calves, ahead of normal fall-calving season.
  • Friday, June 29, 2012
    COLUMBIA, Mo.—Wildfire season in Missouri typically runs from late March to early May, but hot, dry conditions this year puts the state at heightened risk of wildfire into summer and perhaps beyond, says a University of Missouri Extension state forester.
  • Monday, August 29, 2011
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – This year Missouri has seen flooding, severe winter weather and devastating tornadoes. Meanwhile, two earthquakes struck in the U.S. within hours of each other even as a major hurricane moved toward the East Coast.
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  • Monday, June 6, 2011
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Moisture and rising temperatures can turn parts of your home into ideal sites for mold growth, said a University of Missouri Extension housing and environmental design specialist.
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Publications

MU Extension partners with Missouri Community Organizations Active in Disaster (COAD) to bring important information and resources to communities about emergency human services relating to disasters.

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Courses

The following are general-interest emergency management courses. Browse the menu on the left for courses in more specific emergency management areas.

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