Hurricane Florence: How SC Farmers Can Be Prepared & Stay Safe
Wednesday, September 12, 2018 - 2:19pm
SCFB Digital Media Director
Farmers across South Carolina are making preparations in their fields, barns and homes as Hurricane Florence approaches the southeastern coast.
We’ve put together a list of links, forms and alerts to help our farmers be prepared and stay safe throughout the next few days and weeks.
South Carolina Emergency Management Division
- State and local emergency officials are urging local pond and dam owners to begin lowering their water levels ahead of a possible hit from Hurricane Florence.
- Governor McMaster issued Executive Order 2018-217, temporarily lifting weight limits to for transport of agricultural crops and livestock in anticipation of the potential impact of Hurricane Florence.
- The fastest way for a community to recover from a major disaster is by helping local businesses, including agricultural businesses, return to normal operations as quickly as possible. The Governor of South Carolina has approved into law a new measure that provides a system for post-disaster reentry certification for businesses and organizations that assist in the restoration of utilities and other services. The South Carolina Emergency Management Division and the S.C. Department of Commerce will coordinate the post-disaster reentry certification program
- Emergency preparedness and post-hurricane impact resources.
- State suspends some requirements for animal evacuation due to Hurricane Florence.
- Clemson Extension offers advice on preparing wells for potential flooding.
- Clemson Extension offers tips, resources to prepare stormwater ponds.
- South Carolina animal owners have a fresh resource for hurricane planning.
- Farmers should use online form to get disaster relief after Florence.
- Protecting documents from flood waters can help speed claim process.
- Field Day at Clemson’s Pee Dee REC canceled due to hurricane.
U.S. Department of Agriculture
- If you are planning to move livestock out of state, make sure to contact the State Veterinarians Office in the receiving state before you move any animals. Contact USDA-APHIS Veterinary Services state offices for information and assistance about protecting and moving livestock.
- USDA urges local residents to safeguard food, pets, livestock before Hurricane Florence.
Farmers in South and North Carolina are no strangers to hurricanes, flooding and natural disasters, especially after what we’ve experienced in the last few years. We pray that our farmers are spared disaster this year, but even so, we want everyone to be as prepared as possible for even the worst outcome.