Hurricane Preparedness Information

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Recently in Raleigh NC, NCDA&CS and NC SART called a meeting to discuss hurricane preparedness for the state of North Carolina. The hurricane season began June 1, 2023 and goes through November 30, 2023, so far this year North Carolina has:

  • Named storms: 12 – 17
  • Hurricanes: 5 – 9
  • Major hurricanes: 1 – 4

The month of September is a high hurricane probability month with the biggest threat to life being water. In the chance of a hurricane strike knowing the correct funnel for livestock emergency response could be the lifeline for a farmers livestock. In a true emergent situation 9-1-1 can be called, a farmer can request response for animal rescue. Other response resource options are Ag Hotline, IFARM, NC Veterinary Response Corps, AERT (Agriculture Emergency Response Team, Equine Evacuation & Sheltering Resources, Animal Mortality Management, and Current Disaster Information. Here is a link to NCDA&CS Emergency Programs page.

How to prepare now?

Work with the local livestock extension agent by providing information of a farm’s location, contact information, livestock herd numbers, livestock type, farm boarders, flood zones in pastures. If the local extension agent has this information, in case of emergency they will be able to pass on portent data to agencies who have the means to respond. Creating the best plan with the most accurate data is the goal, giving agencies such as the Emergency Program Division or NC SART good intel will make the response to a disaster more efficient and successful.

If you have questions or want to provide information on your farm contact Brooke Zeleny, Craven/Jones/Pamlico County Livestock Area Agent. 252.633.1477/