Preparation for 2019 Hurricane Season


In a May 9th release, the USDA issued a recommendation for producers to plan in advance for possible hurricane damage and disruption. The USDA has partnered with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to create the Disaster Resource Center website The USDA has also launched a disaster assistance discovery advisory accessible on to assist producers with information on programs contributing to recovery.

The USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) administers the Livestock Indemnity Program, the Emergency Assistance Program for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish and provides assistance with emergency loans.

Lessons learned from previous hurricanes include the need to have available sufficient diesel fuel to run emergency generators for periods in excess of 72 hours, especially for hatcheries, planning access routes for feed and disposal of birds killed by wind and flooding in addition protection of employees and facilities.