We have the farmers across our state in our thoughts and prayers as you prepare for Hurricane Florence. We know the business of agriculture can be challenging even with good weather. Please take the steps you can to prepare and stay safe during and after this storm.
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We understand you may experience difficulties during this storm and in the coming weeks. Rest assured we’re here to help.
Here are a few tips for Hurricane Florence:
Visit our website to track the weather and storm’s path
Farmers can also find recovery resources on the NCDA&CS disaster web pages, www.ncagr.gov/disaster or call the hotline at 1-866-645-9403.
When it comes to preparing for storms, a good rule of thumb is to prepare for the worst. This means not only making sure to have enough food, water, and other supplies for each member of the family, but also preparing the rest of the farm to minimize damage and issues.
Storm Preparation Checklist
For your home:
• 1 gallon of water per person per day
• Flashlights and radio with extra batteries
• Alternate heat source and fuel
• Canned foods with manual opener
For the farm:
• Store and secure any items or equipment that can be blown away
• Move larger equipment to high ground and away from trees if possible
• Test run your generators to make sure they are in working order
• Keep sufficient amount of fuel to run generators on hand
• Turn off propane supply at the tanks and secure in the event of flooding
• Secure pesticide and chemical storage areas in case of flooding
• Mark animals with identifier so they can be returned if lost (i.e. ear tags, paint markings on hooves, clipped initials in hair, etc.)
• Locate a designated relocation area for your animals just in case
• Keep basic animal first-aid on hand: bandages, antibiotic ointments, ropes, and halters
• Secure or move feed to keep accessible
• Compile a list of emergency numbers to keep on hand (local emergency management office, county Extension agent, county Farm Service Agency, and your insurance agent and veterinarian)
Stay up to date with current weather forecasts by monitoring your local news station, track the storm’s path on our website and give yourself ample time to secure your needed supplies. Think about your daily routine and what the most important tasks are. Add steps to your checklist as needed. Another great resource is your neighbors. Coordinate with them before the storm to see what resources can be shared.
To read more about Carolina Farm Credit, our members and the ag industry, check out issues of our Leader magazine—you can read them online.
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