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Natural Disaster Recovery

Living in Oklahoma often means dealing with natural disasters. This page compiles resources from Oklahoma State University experts about keeping your family safe and prepared for emergencies.

Natural Disaster Recovery Fact Sheets

Managing Storm-Damaged Trees

Disaster Losses and Related Tax Rules

Tax Consequences of Weather Related Sale of Livestock

Proper Disposal of Routine and Catastrophic Livestock and Poultry Mortality

On-Farm Mortality Composting of Livestock Carcasses

Safe Use of Chainsaws



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Now the recovery begins

After destructive natural disasters, families can be left with the daunting task of cleaning up and, ultimately, rebuilding.

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Practice proper safety techniques during storm cleanup

Storm season is in full swing, with tornadoes and windy thunderstorms leaving trails of debris in their wakes, debris that may be heavy, bulky or even ripe with bacteria, which can lead to potential health problems.

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Safe drinking water is a top concern after a natural disaster

In the wake of recent severe storms across Oklahoma, finding a safe water supply is a priority.

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Avoid potentially deadly hazards after a natural disaster

In the aftermath of a natural disaster, it often takes time for life to return to normal for affected families. During that recovery period families should remain aware of several potentially deadly hazards.

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Be wary of identity theft and scams following a weather disaster

Oklahoma residents are more than familiar with the weather advisories and warnings that come across the television and radio. When the sirens sound, Oklahomans know what they need to do to be safe.

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Do your homework before signing a contract for home repairs

For many Oklahomans, the road to recovery following a natural disaster can be a long one.

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Do a little research before donating to the cause

Many Oklahomans experience a certain level of empathy when they see areas ravished by tornadoes.

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Assessing structural damage after a disaster

One of the major milestones on the road to recovering after a storm is assessing the structural damage to homes and other buildings.

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Chainsaw safety important during storm cleanup

Many Oklahomans are now faced with a massive cleanup job after severe weather recently ripped through the state. The storms left much destruction in their wakes, including houses, cars and trees.

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Cleaning furniture damaged in natural disaster

Salvaging personal possessions such as furniture is one of the main tasks on the to-do list immediately after a tornado, flood or other natural disaster.

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Cleaning clothing and textiles after a natural disaster

In the aftermath of a natural disaster, saving your clothing and linens is obviously a top priority.

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Cleaning up the kitchen after a natural disaster

Depending on their source, storm and flood waters could contain a wide range of germs, debris, chemicals and contaminants such as human and animal waste, trash, and hazards such as oil and gasoline.

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Preventing, cleaning mold and mildew after natural disasters

Cleaning up after a natural disaster can be a big job, and one of the first priorities is taking steps to prevent mold and mildew in your home.

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Debris in pastures potential health risk to cattle

Insulation and building debris from tornadoes can cause problems for cattle producers, difficulties that potentially could have a significant effect on animal health and time management costs.

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Disasters Involving Large Animals


Septic Systems

What to do during a power outage


Septic Systems

What to do after severe weather


Safe Recovery

Randy Taylor talks about safety procedures when running machinery, including a chainsaw.



Safe Removal of Hazard Trees

In this segment Charlie English and his team from English Tree Service of Oklahoma City join us in the studio garden to tackle a large tree removal project.



Evaluation & Clean Up of Storm Damage in Trees

Consumer Horticulturist David Hillock demonstrates the three cut method for tree pruning.



Three Cut Pruning

Host Casey Hentges evaluates storm damage in trees.


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