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State Officials Urge Precautions Against Mosquitoes Due to Detection of Rare Virus

By Edward J Sheldon / October 6, 2022 / 0 Comments

Source: Indiana State board of Animal Health (6 October 2022) State public health and animal health officials are urging northern Indiana residents to protect themselves from mosquito bites and to monitor their horses for illness in response to the detection of Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) virus activity in multiple northern Indiana counties. “EEE (‘triple E’)…

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Indiana farm fatality summary shows positive trends, stresses worker safety

By Edward J Sheldon / September 26, 2022 / 0 Comments

Story by Ashvini Malshe, Purdue Agricultural Communications Purdue University’s Agricultural Health and Safety Program released the annual Indiana Farm Fatality Summary with Historical Overview, coinciding with National Farm Safety and Health Week. The annual observance has taken place during the third week of September since 1944. The program reported 20 work-related on-farm deaths in the state of Indiana…

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Indiana Farm Fatality Report Released for National Farm Safety & Health Week

By Edward J Sheldon / September 15, 2022 / 0 Comments

Fall harvest time can be one of the busiest and most dangerous seasons of the year for the agricultural industry.  For this reason, September 18-24, 2022 is being recognized as National Farm Safety & Health Week, which has been observed the third week of September since 1944, when President Roosevelt proclaimed the first event.  The…

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September is National Preparedness Month!

By Edward J Sheldon / September 1, 2022 / 0 Comments

Source: National Preparedness Month  is an observance each September to raise awareness about the importance of preparing for disasters and emergencies that could happen at any time.  This year’s national theme is “A Lasting Legacy”. In 2021, FEMA’s Ready Campaign and the Ad Council broke ground by producing the first-ever national preparedness campaign specifically…

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Have a great and safe Independence Day!

By Edward J Sheldon / July 1, 2022 / 0 Comments

Don’t make a trip to the emergency room the “highlight” of your 4th of July – celebrate safely this Independence Day weekend! Check out the fireworks safety tips below from the Indiana Department of Homeland Security and the National Fire Protection Association. Also, please be aware that recent dry weather across much of the state…

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Heat Forecast Tools Explained

By Edward J Sheldon / June 10, 2022 / 0 Comments

Source: National Weather Service Very hot conditions are forecasted for most of the upcoming week. With that forecast we’ll be hearing the terms “heat index”, “heat risk”, and even “Wet Bulb Globe Temperature” from meteorologists on our local news a lot in the coming days. To better understand these terms, the National Weather Service has…

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Managing Farm Risk

By Edward J Sheldon / May 10, 2022 / 0 Comments

Purdue Extension Webinar Series NOTE: While INdiana PREPared usually focuses on “physical” threats such as tornadoes, fires, floods, and workplace or home safety issues, there are many other risks facing farm families that can have major impact on your operation and your family’s well-being. Just as you should prepare for a major storm or fire,…

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Planting season is here; remain alert to large farm equipment on Indiana roads

By Edward J Sheldon / April 21, 2022 / 0 Comments

Source: Indiana State Department of Agriculture INDIANA (April 21, 2022) — Planting season is quickly approaching for Indiana’s 94,000 farmers. With the warm weather and sunshine, Hoosier motorists will also see more large slow-moving farm equipment traveling Indiana’s rural roads and highways. The Indiana State Department of Agriculture, Indiana Department of Homeland Security, Indiana Department…

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Indiana Severe Weather and Flood Preparedness Week 2022

By Edward J Sheldon / March 14, 2022 / 0 Comments

SOURCE: National Weather Service – Indianapolis Governor Eric Holcomb has proclaimed March 13-19, 2022 to be Severe Weather Preparedness Week in the state of Indiana. The National Weather Service, in conjunction with the Indiana State Police, the Indiana Department of Homeland Security, the Indiana Department of Education, the Indiana Broadcasters Association, the American Red Cross, and Amateur Radio Operators will conduct a statewide test of communication systems…

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Act Now to Protect Against Increased Cyber Risks

By Edward J Sheldon / February 25, 2022 / 0 Comments

Sources: Indiana Office of Technology, Indiana State Police, Indiana Dept. of Homeland Security, State of Indiana NOTE: Although we usually focus on disasters or emergency situations likely to occur in rural Indiana, sometimes events on the other side of the world can potentially affect our lives in ways we don’t expect. This news release from…

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