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Drought and excessive heat can push you, your home and the environment beyond normal limits. MU Extension helps you deal with drought and heat and prepare for wildfires.

June 2012 Weather and Its Impacts on Missouri

One of the worst droughts in nearly 25 years was impacting Missouri by the end of June and agricultural crops were feeling the stress from lack of rain and sweltering temperatures. Read more

Heat, drought put Missouri in danger of wildfires

Drought and record-high temperatures have placed parts of Missouri under a fire weather watch, which the National Weather Service issues when forecasters are expecting ideal conditions for extensive wildfires. Read more

You can help prevent wildfires

Find out what you can do to prevent and control wildfires. The Missouri Department of Conservation offers tools and tips to help you protect lives, property and our natural resources. Read more

MU Extension creates Facebook page for drought in Missouri

University of Missouri Extension has created an open community page on Facebook for organizations and individuals to share information related to drought, extreme heat and wildfires in Missouri. Read more

eXtension Wildfire Information Network

Wildfires can start suddenly. Don’t be caught unprepared. eXtension offers ideas on preparing your home and evacuation routes, what to do if you’re trapped, and how to manage when you return home after a fire. Read more

Be prepared with your own disaster supplies kit

When disaster strikes, you are concerned with the safety of yourself and your family. It is not the time to figure out what supplies you need. Plan ahead and create your own disaster supply kit today. Read more

Water your foundation to prevent cracking

In addition to watering your lawn and trees, it’s a good idea to water your home’s foundation, said a University of Missouri housing and environmental specialist. Dry, shifting ground can crack foundations. Read more

Watering your lawn in drought conditions

Are you wondering whether or not you should water your lawn during drought conditions? Find out how you can conserve water and help your lawn in MU Extensions Home Watering Guide. Read more

Drought can bring on nitrate poisoning in farm animals

Nitrate is a normal part of our environment. But drought conditions can cause the nitrogen cycle of plants, water and air to become out of balance. Farm animals eating forage or drinking water with excessive levels of nitrate can be poisoned. Read more

 

News

  • Thursday, September 14, 2017
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – University of Missouri Fire and Rescue Training Institute (MU FRTI) curriculum specialist Erin McGruder does more than just write about disaster response. McGruder, a member of FEMA Urban Search and Rescue Missouri Task Force 1 (MO-TF1), deployed to Texas as a technical information specialist in response to Hurricane Harvey’s devastating August landfall.
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  • Tuesday, August 29, 2017
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – The catastrophic flooding in Texas underlines the need for families to prepare for disaster, says a University of Missouri Extension human development specialist.
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  • Wednesday, May 3, 2017
    Editors: With flooding in parts of Missouri this, these ready-to-publish news releases may be of interest to your readers:
  • Wednesday, May 3, 2017
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – When storms, floods and other disasters leave damaged homes in their path, local contractors often get more business than they can handle. In many cases, out-of-town contractors will arrive in force to pick up the slack.
  • Wednesday, May 3, 2017
    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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  • Wednesday, May 3, 2017
    PERRYVILLE, Mo. – Before replacing drywall and floor coverings in your flooded home, make sure building materials have had enough time to dry out, cautions a University of Missouri Extension community emergency management specialist.
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  • Wednesday, May 3, 2017
    TRENTON, Mo.– University of Missouri Extension has prepared a checklist of measures people can take to reduce the impact of floodwater on their homes.
  • Monday, December 5, 2016
    MARSHFIELD, Mo. – Cold weather is hard on cars and trucks, but a little preparation will keep vehicles running well throughout winter’s coldest days.
  • 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 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, May 23, 2011
    For more flood-related resources from MU Extension, visit extension.missouri.edu/n/3059.
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