Winter Storm Preparedness

first_imgIt’s a Southern tradition. Whenever the forecast calls for snow, folks dash to the store and deplete the supply of bread and milk. But if you’re iced in for a few days, bread and milk won’t keep your family going for long or do much to maintain the morale of snowbound children and adults.So how do you make the average home a fully-stocked winter weather shelter? It doesn’t take much, but the key is to prepare before winter storms arrive.Before the stormEmergencies don’t call ahead for reservations. Preparing for disruptive weather in advance means you’ll be ready whenever it comes. During good weather, University of Georgia Extension experts recommend winterizing your home by:Insulating walls and atticsSealing air leaks around windows and doors with caulk or weather-strippingInstalling storm doors and windows, or covering windows with plastic UGA Extension specialists encourage Georgians to build an emergency food supply for emergencies ranging from winter storms to spring floods. As you routinely grocery shop, purchase one or two extra shelf-stable, ready-to-eat canned goods, like non-condensed soup, canned chicken breast and tuna, pasta meals and vegetables. This will build an emergency food supply without adding too much to your grocery bill each week. Unlike frozen foods, canned foods won’t be damaged by a long power outage. Make sure you have a manual can opener, too. Avoid dry foods like pasta and rice. They are stable, but they require water and cooking, luxuries that may be in short supply during a storm.The Federal Emergency Management Agency recommends stocking at least a three-day supply of adequate nutrition, water and prescription medications for each family member, including pets and livestock. Why three days? That’s how long it may take to restore electricity and clear roads of ice, fallen trees and other hazards. In recent U.S. natural disasters, actual restoration of electricity, water and transportation can take much longer.To get through disruptive storms or other emergencies, also store the following items:Water – one gallon per person per day for drinking and hygieneAn alternate heat source and fuel, like a hefty supply of firewood for the fireplace or wood-burning stoveFlashlights with extra batteriesNOAA weather radioEntertainment – There’s a lot of idle waiting time when you’re storm-stuck. Books, cards, board games and energy-releasing activities (besides hauling firewood) can keep cabin fever at bay.During the stormUse foods from the refrigerator first, then frozen foods, then canned foods. If the oven isn’t working, use coals from the fireplace to heat food or cook outside on your grill. Don’t bring the grill indoors as this can cause deadly carbon monoxide to build up inside.Long term food storageCanned foods keep for months, but oxygen inside the packaging causes food quality to decline over time. Working with a grant from NASA, food scientists at the University of Georgia are working on a process that squeezes so much oxygen out of food it can retain just-picked quality for years. The idea is to make comfort foods like macaroni and cheese available to astronauts on multi-year journeys to Mars, but it’s also applicable to long-term food storage here on Earth. The researchers have brought oxygen levels down to parts-per-million, but they’re aiming for parts-per-billion. Until then, it’s best to periodically use and replace items in your emergency food supply to keep them fresh.Car kitsWhile most Southerners avoid driving whenever ice and snow threatens, it’s also prudent to store a few supplies in you car. Collect the following items for your vehicle’s emergency supply kit:Ready-to-eat foodsBottled waterBlanketCandles and matchesWhistleHand-crank flashlight and radioWarm clothes and bootsHeavy work glovesToiletry itemsIt’s a good idea to have a similar kit in your work place in case conditions prevent you from getting home.For more information on emergency preparedness, download UGA Extension’s Home Emergency Preparedness Handbook from or visit read more

VNRC, Others, Challenge St. Albans Wal-Mart Permit

first_imgMONTPELIER Today the Vermont Natural Resources Council (VNRC)and other parties filed legal paperwork challenging an Act 250 permit thatapproves the construction of a new Wal-Mart store in the town of St. Albans. VNRC, Others, Challenge St. Albans Wal-Mart Permit In the motion, the partiescontend that the District 6 commission the local panel that hears Act 250cases in the St. Albans area ignored its own findings when it granted thepermit. For instance, the commissionfound that the store would pollute a nearby brook, would increase trafficcongestion, and could cost as many as 200-297 jobs and cause over 40 businessesto close in St. Albans City. The commission also heard that the projectsdeveloper would pave over prime agricultural soils and that it was questionablewhether the developer would properly reduce the impact of losing those soils.Despite the fact that the commission stated it agreed with all this evidence,the commission granted a permit for construction anyway. If the commission lets thepermit stand as issued, the parties could appeal the case to the EnvironmentalCourt. The conclusions reached bythe commission are simply not supported by their own findings, said SteveHolmes, VNRCs deputy director. The decision is riddled with inconsistenciesand seems to ignore the evidence. ### In their motion to alter, theparties ask the commission to deny the permit for failing to meet several Act250 criteria. Joining VNRC in filing theMotion to Alter the Act 250 permit is alocal group known as Northwest Citizens for Responsible Growth (NWCRG) andnearby farmers Marie Frey and Richard Hudak.  All have been granted party status in the Act 250 process.center_img Web: Also under the permit,Wal-Mart would pay St. Albans City $500,000 to compensate for negative impactsto the city. That, according to Holmes, is a pittance compared with what otherlarge developers have paid other communities. Wal-Mart agreed to pay PimaCounty (in Tucson, Arizona) $35 million roughly two percent of retail salesover 25 years to build a 123,000 square foot store. And, 20 years ago theCity of Rutland and the developer of Diamond Run Mall in Rutland Town executedan agreement as part of an Act 250 permit to provide over $3 million in directand indirect impact fees to offset and mitigate adverse effects of the projecton the city. For example, in their April 4decision authorizing the permit, the district commission heavily criticized afiscal and economic impact study of the regional impact of the store  done by Wal-Marts consultant, sayingthe analysis contained flaws and omissions and in part is not credible.  Nevertheless, the commission issued thepermit relying almost entirely on the consultants report, which estimated only40 lost jobs and 12 lost businesses in St. Albans City. The proposed store would bethe largest in Vermont at 146,755 sq ft. It is proposed for Route 7 near exit20 off I-89. A smaller Wal-Mart store of 100,000-square-feet was proposed forthe same site in the 1990s and was denied in part because of impacts onsurrounding communities. The Messenger editorial said &as the city pursues its negotiationswith Wal-Mart, could a deal be struck in which the city and Wal-Mart wouldagree to a set percentage of gross sales being due the city? The store isexpected to generate sales of $60 million a year, if one percent were dedicatedto the city, thats $600,000 a year. About VNRCThe Vermont Natural Resources Council is an independent, nonprofit research,education, and advocacy organization founded in 1963 to protect Vermontsenvironment, economy, and quality of life. Nearly 6,000 households, businesses,and organizations support VNRCs mission. Closer to home, an editorialin the St. Albans Messenger onDecember 1, 2006, suggested that Wal-Mart pay a considerably higher fee to St.Albans City than the amount in the recently granted permit. The Messenger has consistently editorialized in support of Wal-Martbuilding a store in this location.last_img read more

Applications for UG courses increase three times: Ambedkar University

first_imgIn what can be seen as an indication that students are looking for options other than the University of Delhi, for pursuing undergraduate courses, Ambedkar University, Delhi (AUD) witnessed three-fold increase in the number of applications than last year for its various UG courses.The admission process concluded earlier this week with 26,777 applications for its undergraduate programmes a substantial increase from last year’s 9,778, the varsity said, according to PTI.Seats available and applications received for undergraduate courses:The AUD is set to begin new campus at Karampura with 200 seats this year, bringing the total seats to 445. However, the number of applications has increased by over 173 per cent in just one year.For the Kashmere Gate campus, which has 245 seats, the varsity received 15,823 applications; for its new Karampura campus, it has received 10,954 applications.Seats available and applications received for postgraduate courses:For its PG courses with a total of 480 seats, the varsity has received 7,885 applications against last year’s 5,687.Special consideration for the SC, ST and PwD students:This year, the university has also waived fees for the SC, ST and PwD (persons with disability) categories for undergraduate classes.The university initiated the admission process for undergraduate courses offered by the nine departments on May 9, and the last date for the submission of an application was June 24.About B R Ambdekar University:B R Ambdekar University was established by Delhi Government in 2008. It is a state funded varsity with student strength of 1800. The university offers various undergraduate, post-graduate and doctoral programmes.Read: ‘Tulsidas ji, pranam’: Bihar topper Ruby Rai’s one line essay on poet Tulsidas advertisementRead: Cheating, a menace in Bihar: Read to know whyClick here for more education related news.last_img read more