March 2017
Farm & Field

Are you ready?

Alabama Extension to Hold Urban Living Expo on Disaster Preparedness March 25

Natural and man-made disasters have the ability to disrupt lives and, without careful planning, can have adverse effects for years to come. To help individuals, families, businesses and nonprofit organizations to better prepare, the Alabama Cooperative Extension System’s Urban Affairs and New Nontraditional Programs will hold the Urban Living Expo Saturday, March 25, 2017, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. It will be held at Alabama Agriculture and Mechanical University’s Agribition Center located at 4925 Moores Mill Road in Huntsville.

The theme for ULE 2017 is "Plan-Prepare-Practice: Don’t Get Caught Off Guard When Disaster Occurs!" Its primary objectives are to engage the public through interactive displays and to disseminate information across Extension program areas to individuals, families, and local businesses and organizations about disasters. But, more importantly, participants will learn the most effective actions to take to maximize safety and to ensure their needs and the needs of their family members, including pets, are adequately met should disaster strike.

"It is our hope that no one ever encounters a natural or man-made disaster. However, today we must be ready for the unexpected! The goal of ULE is to educate Alabama residents about disaster preparedness resources available across the state, and to encourage individuals and families to develop a disaster plan for themselves, their families and for animals left in their care," said Robert Spencer, event co-chair and urban regional Extension specialist.

Admission is free; however, participants are asked to bring a non-perishable food item to be donated to a local food bank. Free food and door prizes will also be available.

Exhibitors and sponsors are welcome. Exhibitors are asked to pay a set-up fee of $25 or to provide a door prize of equal value. For more information, please contact Robert Spencer at 256-372-4983 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or visit www.aces.edu/urban. If you would like to become a sponsor, please contact Dr. Karnita Garner at 256-372-8331 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..