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Page 8 CLINCH VALLEY TIMES, St. Paul, VA, Thursday, January 28, 2010 Russell County Provided by the Russell County Extension Office Your Russell County Unit of the Virginia Tech and Virginia State Extension Division Cornelia Estep, Scott Jessee, Donna Meade and Bill Worrell presents this week's Extension News. Our office is located on 131 East Main Street. Lebanon, VA. Check out our Virginia Tech Public Website Address: Extension Calendar of Events: January 28: Virginia Forage and Grasslands Council Winter Meeting, Wytheville Community Center February 3: Corn Planter Calibration Workshop February 6: Appalachian Far- mer's Market Conference, Rus- sell County Government Center February 11-12: Virginia Beef Industry Convention Hotel Roanoke February 25: Russell County Cattlemen's Association Meet- ing If you need information about any of the listed events, please call the Extension Office at (276) 889-8056. Scott Jessee - Agricultu re Corn Planter Calibration Workshop In 2009 there was a tre- mendous increase in corn pro- duction To assist producers with planter issues, a corn planter calibration workshop has been scheduled. It will be held on Wednesday, February 3 at 10:00 am at the Building Maintenance Shop in Building #1 at the Rus- sell County Vocational School. Producers with "finger-type" planters can bring their planting units for a "tune-up." To cali- brate the metering devices, the planter does not have to be transported - only the metering units. Using a MeterMax Calibrator, units can be run and planting pattern viewed. If metering units are planting incorrect population, doubles, or skips, adjustments can be made to minimize these occurrences. **Unfortunately, plate-type planters can not be calibrated using this machine.** To schedule a time to get your corn planter calibrated, Unit's Extension news please call the Extension Office at 889-8056. Donna Meade - Family and Consumer Science Emergency Supplies of Water for Drinking and Food Preparation Perhaps one of the toughest issues to deal with during the recent winter storms was the lack of access to water. Although dehydrated food is a good choice for emergency storage items (to a~oid spoilage), clean and safe water is needed to prepare it. Planning for Emergency Water Supplies Each person in a household needs about 2 quarts of liquid per day for drinking and cook- ing. This can come from water for drinking as well as other liquids, such as juices or soft drinks. Additional clean" water is needed for brushing teeth, bathing, washing utensils and dishes, and flushing toilets. In planning for an emergendy water supply, there are usually three possible sources of water.. With some advance preparation, the water in the househord plumbing system can be protect- ed and used. Some water can be stored in separate containers and available for immediate use. Finally, water from a variety of sources, including streams and creeks, can be disinfected for use. Water in the Household Plumbing If there is advance warning of an emergency, the water in the household plumbing system can be protected from contam- ination and available for use. First, shut off the main water valve into the home. This prevents any contaminated water from getting into the home. Also, shut off the valves on any water lines leaving the house, such as an outside faucet. Open a faucet in the highest point (such as an upstairs bathroom) in the house to let air into the system. Then draw water as needed from the lowest faucet (such as a laundry room sink) in the home. Water in the hot water tank or a pressure tank represents many gallons of safe water for use in an emergency. If there i~ advance warning of the emer- gency, assure the freshest water supply by flushing the tank. Turn off the gas or electricity to the hot water tank, so that there is no risk that the heating unit could come on while the tank is being emptied. Draw water as needed from the drain valve at the bottom of the tank. Water stored in the plumbing system is safe for only a limited time. Most experts agree that this water will stay safe for only a few days. After a longer time, ~& it must be disinfected before it is used for drinking or cooking. Depending on what has happen- ed, you may need to flush or decontaminate your plumbing system before returning it to normal use. Storing Water Water can be stored for short-term use in clean, sanitized containers with covers or lids. If there is advance warning of an emergency, clean large pots, pans, and jugs with hot water Q_ and dish detergent. Rinse storage .~.~ containers with a dilute solution of chlorine bleach (1 tablespoon bleach per gallon of water). Fill containers with water. Water stored this way is usually safe for a few days. If you are able to keep the water cold, it is ~3t probably safe for about a week. Disinfect water that has been stored for a longer period of time before drinking. Bath tubs and sinks can be filled with water for emergency use. However, due to the diffi- Jk culty in getting tubs and sinks clean, this water is not recom- mended for drinking and cook- ing (unless disinfected first). ~L This would be a good source of water for cleaning dishes and bathing. For long 'term storage of drinking water, such as in pre- paration for unexpected emer- gencies, purchase bottled water. ~IL Bottled water is prepared under controlled conditions and is available in sealed containers. This water is safe to store until the label expiration date (usually one to two years). Once a year, check stored bottled water to make sure it has not expired. MOTORISTS: Stop for pedestrians in the Library Crosswalk.. It's the law! 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