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Storms

USDA is prepared to provide food, emergency housing, community, as well as farmer and rancher assistance to individuals and small businesses affected by severe storms and flooding. We continue to work with states affected by severe storms and flooding regarding requests for various assistance, waivers and flexibilities in administering federal nutrition assistance programs.

Hurricane Florence Resources and Information

FEMA has established resources on FEMA.gov with the latest information from FEMA and DHS on Hurricane Florence.

Hurricane Florence is expected to bring heavy wind and rain to large parts of the East Coast in the coming days. Here are recommendations for how to prepare and evacuate ahead of the storm.

FEMA Mobile App - Download the FEMA mobile app for shelter information, disaster resources, weather alerts, and safety tips, in English and in Spanish. The app provides a customizable checklist of emergency supplies, maps of open shelters and recovery centers, disaster survival tips, and weather alerts from the National Weather Service. The app also enables users to receive push notifications reminding them to take important steps to prepare their homes and families for disasters.

USDA Takes Action

Press Release: USDA Assistance Available for Flood Damaged Ag Land

Press Release: Assistance Available for Flood Damaged Ag Land through NRCS

Press Release: USDA Eases Program Rules for South Carolina SNAP Participants Impacted by Florence

Press Release: USDA Provides North Carolina Children Affected by Hurricane Florence with Access to Free Meals

Press Release: USDA Prepared to Respond to Hurricane Florence

Press Release: USDA Urges Local Residents to Safeguard Food, Pets, Livestock before Hurricane Florence

Press Release: Perdue Announces Florida Citrus Hurricane Recovery Details

Press Release: Perdue Announces Additional Hurricane and Wildfire Recovery Details

Press Release: USDA Brings Key Resources to Individuals and Communities Hit by Recent Hurricanes

FNS Responses to Recent Disasters

The Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) coordinates with State, local and voluntary organizations to:

  • Provide food for shelters and other mass feeding sites.
  • Distribute food packages directly to households in need in limited situations.
  • Issue Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP) benefits.

USDA’s Risk Management Agency oversees the federal crop insurance program that supports the nation’s farmers and ranchers in difficult times. The safety net provided by federal crop insurance and other USDA programs helps keep agricultural producers in business.

USDA’s Farm Service Agency offers a variety of programs and services to help communities, farmers, ranchers, and businesses that have been hard hit by Hurricanes Florence, Harvey, Maria and other natural disaster events.

Staff in USDA agencies are collecting and analyzing data that will provide an assessment of the impact these hurricanes had on harvested acreage and agricultural commodities.

Online Resources

Farmers.gov - Discover Disaster Assistance Programs - Did you recently suffer loss or damage due to a natural disaster? Learn about USDA disaster assistance programs that might be right for you by completing five simple steps.

Rural Development Disaster Assistance

DisasterAssistance.gov

USA.gov Disasters and Emergencies - Get information to be prepared before, during, and after a hurricane.

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Resources for Harvey and Maria Producers

Producers and landowners affected by hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico can reach USDA's disaster recovery local hotline at 787-303-0341.

Hurricane Harvey Information Line for Texas Farm Service Agency Producers: (866) 680-6069