In conjunction with the state’s Hurricane Preparedness Week and other preparedness efforts, the Texas AgriLife Extension Service has made many of its disaster and emergency-related materials available in e-book format for mobile device users.

“With hurricane season approaching, this is a key time for AgriLife Extension to again make Texas residents aware of its many hurricane preparedness and other disaster-related resources and to let them know which are now available as e-books,” says Andy Vestal, Agrilife Extension director for homeland security and emergency management at Texas A&M University (TAMU) in College Station.

Vestal says converting hurricane preparedness publications to e-book format was a result of actions by AgriLife Extension and Texas AgriLife Research incident response team members engaged in the statewide Mobile Device Initiative.

“These e-books provide just-in-time disaster recovery information and we hope as many Texans as possible will take the opportunity to download this information to their mobile device so they can be ready now that we’re nearing hurricane season,” he says.

“This is a simple but effective first step Texans can take toward basic hurricane preparedness and dealing with the aftermath of a hurricane or other natural disaster,” says Treye Rice, AgriLife Extension web design and usability specialist, College Station.

Rice, who manages and supplies some content for the Texas Extension Disaster Education Network, or Texas EDEN website, says the new e-book publications may be found here. http://texashelp.tamu.edu/disaster-preparedness-recovery-ebooks.php.

He says the materials may be downloaded to any mobile device supporting the e-book format, including phones, tablets and e-readers.

“These disaster preparedness and recovery e-books provide simple information on how individuals, families and businesses can prepare for and recover from a disaster,” says Joyce Cavanagh, AgriLife Extension specialist in family development and resource management, College Station. “They contain practical, useful information provided by AgriLife and Texas A&M System experts, as well as experts from state and federal agencies and from throughout the national land-grant university Extension system.”

Hurricane and other disaster preparedness and recovery materials now available in e-book here.