Disaster Resources and Management

Our hearts go out to the Louisiana farmers affected by the August 2016 flooding

If you were affected or have loved ones who were affected, please visit FEMA's website for help and information, such as scope of area affected, shelter resources, flood response updates, and ways to get in touch with loved ones in the disaster region. http://www.fema.gov/disaster/4277?utm_source=hp_promo&utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=femagov_hp

You can also get more information from the State of Louisiana's website, such as; road and state office closures, reception centers, and finding temporary shelter at http://emergency.louisiana.gov/

Farmers affected by the flood can also contact Breada. which offers small farm support for natural disasters.


After the 2015 flooding in South Carolina, Lowcountry Local First compiled the following disaster resources and links.

Farm Aid

Farmers Legal Action Group


USDA / Farm Service Agency

The following links contain tables that summarize the federal programs.


General Information and Resources

First Steps

Make sure it is safe by checking the weather/alerts, look for downed power lines, keep an eye on trees in soft ground, look out for exposed manhole covers and sink holes and watch out for dangerous displaced animals (snakes, fire ants, etc.) Assess the damage, take pictures, take notes and document everything. This includes conversations with anyone doing assessment, claims, etc. Here is a good document on this process. 

Aid and Insurance

The agencies that can provide support will vary based on the ownership and structure of your business and property. There is a distinction between a business and a farm business as well as farm property and private property. 

Read more here: http://rafiusa.org/programs/farmsustainability/disaster-programs/disaster-recovery-resources/


General Disaster relief agencies (non-farm): 

http://www.fema.gov/ (If your state or county is not listed it can really change what aid is available.)


Food Safety

There have been a lot of questions about food safety in regards to flooding. Regardless of existing and pending regulations and mandates, it will likely be up to each of you in your own operations to document, evaluate and determine the risks and decide if you want a third party food safety inspector to inspect your property or test soils/plants. There is a difference between a heavy rain event and flooding, so it is important for you to understand the risks associated with each. Please read more about this in a post from Carolina Farm Stewardship Association:  https://www.carolinafarmstewards.org/expert-tip-how-to-handle-flooded-fields/  as well as here http://www.uvm.edu/extension/agriculture/pdfs/post_flood_produce_safety_ver21mar12.pdf 

Recovery and Repair

As soon as it is safe to get back outside and get to work on the repairs, it is important to continue to beware of the risks and best practices. Clemson shared some great resources from the Alabama Cooperative Extension System:


If you do not already, we encourage you to have a disaster protocol in place for your farm based on likely weather events in your area. This would include priority tasks for prep and who is responsible for what (this includes things like securing equipment, shutting off wells, digging emergency ditches, evacuating animals and taking pictures before the disaster hits) as well as information on the nearest shelters and hospitals.

Louisiana offers an emergency preparedness guide for families. http://www.getagameplan.org/


If you are aware of other resources or management plans available to farmers who have experienced loss due to disaster, please contact us at info@ssawg.org.