Prepare as early as possible for a storm by following these US/IFAS tips on getting the farm hurricane-ready.

The Atlantic Hurricane Season lasts from June 1st to November 30th, and that time offers a lot of opportunities for damaging storms to threaten The Sunshine State. Farmers and ranchers in Florida need to be prepared for a major storm during this time, and the folks at UF/IFAS have some tips on getting the farm hurricane-ready. With Hurricane Dorian forecast to hit Florida from the east, those in agriculture need to prepare. See the advice below.

Getting the Farm Hurricane-Ready

The tips below are copied from a Southeast AgNet article featuring the advice of Jackson County’s UF/IFAS Extension director, Doug Mayo. “The main thing is that farmers need to be prepared to be self-sufficient for a more than a week if a storm hits,” Mayo said. “It’s best to prepare now for a hurricane because this can minimize confusion and delays.”

Mayo’s advice includes:

  • Create a printed list of extended family, veterinarian, employees and their families, your local farm services agency office, utility company and local county Extension office.
  • Purchase batteries for flashlights and lanterns. Have enough flashlights ready for each employee. June 1 to 7 is the state’s designated week for hurricane prep tax-free shopping. This would be a great time to stock up on supplies.
  • Stock up on feed for animals receiving supplemental feeds. Don’t forget the cat and dog food. Have enough hay, feed and health-care supplies on hand for one to two weeks. Feed stores may not be open for business for a week or more after a storm.
  • Check to ensure generators are ready and in working order for livestock operations that rely on electricity for milking parlors, chicken houses, wells for watering livestock and electric fence chargers.
  • Make sure chainsaws are in good working order and stock up on mixed fuel.
  • Locate chains and come-a-long for limb and tree movement off fences and buildings.
  • Stock up on fence repair materials: wire, posts and staples for repairing fences damaged by limbs and trees.

More information about getting ready for a hurricane can be found here: Citrus growers can find more tips here.

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