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

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