Emergency Programs

Disaster Relief for Farms and Agribusinesses


Disasters. You can't predict when a tornado, hurricane, hazmat or other emergency will strike your business. But you can be prepared and have a plan in case something does happen. Farms, ranches, food warehouses, pesticide dealers and more all have different needs, but the planning basics are the same. Click around. Use the preparedness tools, and in case of a disaster, come back and find the links for assistance.
NCDA&CS Agriculture Weather Hotline 866-645-9403


Recent Updates:

Hurricane Ian, 2022


NWS Raleigh Friday, Sept. 30 at 6:00 a.m.

Between 3 to 6 inches of rain are expected throughout North Carolina. Rainfall of this magnitude could result in flash flooding, especially in urban and low-lying areas. Some accumulation of water in low-lying and flood-prone locations with localized and urban flooding possible. Winds will increase with gusts of 40 to 60 mph possible. The heaviest rain and strongest winds are expected from 2pm to midnight. An isolated tornado is possible near and east of Interstate 95 during the afternoon and evening. Heavy rain and winds will decrease from south to north after midnight. Flooding could linger overnight as area rivers and creeks rise.


NCEM Thursday, Sept. 29 at 7:00 a.m.

Impacts from Ian and its remnants are expected to begin late Thursday and continue through the weekend as the system moves through the region. The primary hazard will be heavy rain that could lead to localized flash flooding, landslides along the Blue Ridge Escarpment, and rises on main-stem rivers. Most areas will remain dry through much of Thursday before rain starts to move into southeastern NC late Thursday – early Friday. The heaviest and most widespread rainfall is expected Friday and Saturday. Generally, 2-5” of rainfall is expected across the state, with 4-7” and locally higher totals possible near the coast and along the Blue Ridge Escarpment.

Gusty winds, isolated tornadoes, and hazardous marine conditions will also be possible. Gusts 25-40 mph are likely across much of the state Friday and Saturday with gusts up to 45 mph possible along the coast as well as the higher elevations of western NC. Gusty winds and saturated soils could lead to downed trees and isolated power outages across the state. 1-3' of inundation is possible in low-lying areas along the southern NC coast, with the highest water levels expected with each high tide Friday. Farther north, northeasterly and easterly winds along the coast could lead to coastal flooding and a Coastal Flood Watch is in effect for Beaufort, Pamlico, southern Craven, and eastern Carteret counties Thursday afternoon – Saturday morning as 1-3’ of inundation is possible in low-lying areas near shorelines in tidal waterways.


Update Wednesday, Sept. 28 at 5:35 p.m.

  • Statement from Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler on waiving of motor vehicle regulations to help farmers
  • Executive Order NO. 270 Declaration of a State of Emergency and Temporary Waiver and Suspension of Motor Vehicle Regulations
  • Regional Emergency Declaration Under 49 CFR § 390.23 No. 2022-013

    The Emergency Declaration provides regulatory relief for commercial motor vehicle operations while providing direct assistance supporting emergency relief efforts transporting supplies, goods, equipment, and fuel into the Affected States, and transporting persons into and from the Affected States, or providing other assistance in the form of emergency services during the emergency related to Hurricane Ian in the Affected States. By execution of this Emergency Declaration, motor carriers and drivers providing direct assistance to the emergency in direct support of relief efforts related to the emergency as set out in this declaration are granted relief from 49 CFR § 395.3, maximum driving time for property-carrying vehicles and 49 CFR § 395.5, maximum driving time for passenger-carrying vehicles, subject to the restrictions and conditions set forth herein.1 Direct assistance means transportation and other relief services provided by a motor carrier or its driver(s) incident to the immediate restoration of essential supplies or essential services. Direct assistance does not include transportation related to long term rehabilitation of damaged physical infrastructure or routine commercial deliveries, including mixed loads with a nominal quantity of qualifying emergency relief added to obtain the benefits of this emergency declaration, after the initial threat to life and property has passed.


Update Wednesday, Sept. 28 at 9:46 a.m.

Current Weather Forecast from National Weather Service, Raleigh Office September 28, 2022 6:00 a.m.

Hurricane Ian is now a major hurricane with 140 mph winds in the eastern Gulf of Mexico. Beyond Friday, uncertainty and spread with regard to the long-term track and intensity remains high. Impacts for central NC Friday through Sunday will include heavy rain, possible flash flooding, gusty winds, and a few isolated tornadoes. The earliest reasonable time of arrival of tropical storm force winds, mainly in gusts (should they happen) is during the daylight hours on Friday.

There is less than a 1 in 10 chance that central NC could experience tropical storm force winds (mainly in gusts) late this week and into this weekend. 2 to 6 inches of rain are possible Friday through Sunday. Rainfall of this magnitude could result in flash flooding. Late Friday through Saturday is expected to be the wettest, most impactful period for central NC.


Update Tuesday, Sept. 27 at 11 a.m.

NCDA&CS continues to monitor and prepare for Hurricane Ian. According to the National Hurricane Center, Hurricane Ian is forecasted to make landfall somewhere along the Gulf Coast of Florida on Wednesday (9/28/22) before shifting northward.

Commissioner Troxler urges farmers across the state to take this time to make preparations. He urges everyone to make sure they are getting weather alerts on their phone and have a plan for the family and farm in case of an emergency.

From the NCEM Hazardous Weather Update (September 27, 2022)

  • Confidence in the long-term track and timing beyond Wednesday remains low, but heavy rain across the state remains the primary hazard. Rain chances will increase across southeastern NC Thursday and Friday, with the most widespread rainfall expected on Friday and Saturday.
    • Much of NC is forecast to see 2-5” late this week-weekend, but 5-7”+ will be possible near the coast and along the Blue Ridge Escarpment. These rainfall totals could lead to localized flash flooding, landslides across the mountains, and rises on main-stem rivers. Widespread significant river flooding is not currently expected. Rainfall totals and the timing of the heaviest rain could be adjusted based on the eventual track of Ian.
    • Gusty winds, isolated tornadoes, minor coastal flooding, and hazardous marine conditions will also be possible late this week and weekend as Ian moves through the region. Isolated downed trees and power outages will be possible due to gusty winds and saturated soils.
    • Showers will remain possible on Sunday and Monday, but coverage will be less than previous days as Ian or the remnants of Ian move north of NC.


Helpful Links

National Hurricane Center
NC Cooperative Extension Disaster Preparedness and Recovery Information
NC Farm Bureau Offices
NC Cooperative Extension Offices
Recovery Assistance Information
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