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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 Michael Resources and Information

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

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.

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.

There are many additional government resources to help you recover. More information can be found at:

USDA Takes Action

Press Release: Additional USDA Disaster Assistance Workshops Set for Hurricane Michael Recovery

Press Release: Assistance Available through NRCS for Ag Land Damaged by Hurricane Michael

Press Release: USDA Assistance Available to Restore Infrastructure Damaged by Hurricane Florence

Press Release: USDA Provides 12 Hurricane-Hit Florida Counties with Additional SNAP Food Options

Press Release: Hot Foods Purchases Approved for SNAP Recipients in 23 Georgia Counties

Press Release: USDA Provides Hurricane Michael Victims Needed Relief and Recovery Aid

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

Press Release: USDA Announces Replacement SNAP Benefits in 12 Hurricane-Impacted Florida Counties

Press Release: USDA Approved Additional Food Options to Florida SNAP Participants Impacted by Hurricane Michael

Press Release: USDA Prepared to Respond to Hurricane Michael

Press Release: USDA Provides Hurricane Florence Victims Needed Relief and Recovery Aid

Press Release: USDA Approves North Carolina WIC Flexibilities in Wake of Hurricane Florence

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.

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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