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MEDIA ADVISORY: Media Guide Lists Preparedness, Recovery Experts

June 08, 2007

With hurricane season arriving this month, the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service, based in North Carolina State University's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, has posted a list of faculty members who can help news media with information needed before and after natural disasters.

The Media and Agent Guide for Disaster Recovery Experts -- available on the Web at http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/disaster/media/experts.html -- lists telephone numbers and e-mail addresses for faculty members who can provide the media with information on subjects ranging from agriculture to water quality and from home repair to food safety.

A printer-friendly version of the media guide is available in PDF format at http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/disaster/media/experts.pdf. Related fact sheets and other preparedness and recovery materials are available on North Carolina Cooperative Extension's disaster information Web site at http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/disaster and through the National Extension Disaster Education Network at http://www.eden.lsu.edu/.

Recently, Cooperative Extension posted a Web site with assessment and recovery information related to the Easter freeze that struck North Carolina growers in April. The site -- http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/disaster/freeze/ -- includes information about how growers can assess damage from the freeze and recover. The site includes information from Cooperative Extension specialists related to apples, brambles, corn, muscadine grapes, ornamentals, small grains and wine grapes. It is updated regularly as new information becomes available.

North Carolina Cooperative Extension is an educational agency supported by county governments, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, N.C. State University and North Carolina A&T State University. A staff of agents in each county and on the Cherokee Reservation, backed by specialists at the two land-grant universities, conducts educational programs related to agriculture and forestry, family and consumer sciences, 4-H, community and rural development, and other issues of concern to North Carolina citizens.

Written by:
Natalie Hampton, 919.513.3128 or natalie_hampton@ncsu.edu -

Posted by Dave at June 8, 2007 01:14 PM