Affected by Hurricane Irma? USDA Rural Development has disaster resources for you and the community.


In response to damages caused by Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma, the USDA has provided tools and disaster resources to help rural communities to recover from the damage, according to an article in Southeast Agnet. Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue released a statement outlining how the USDA”s Rural Development sector is working overtime to offer disaster resources to rebuild rural communities. Read the details below and find links to further information.

Details of Disaster Resources


Perdue shared how the USDA’s Rural Development department is working with other agencies to source disaster resources to get communities rebuilt as quickly as possible. “Our team at Rural Development is devoted to supporting rural communities ravaged by the recent hurricanes,” he said. “We are committed each day to the recovery effort, collaborating with federal, state and local partners to begin to rebuild.”

Efforts towards providing disaster resources include:

  • Coordination with private partners to restore utilities to rural regions.
  • Helping current USDA borrowers like businesses and utilities by considering requests to defer principal and/or interest payments.
  • Providing additional temporary loans.
  • Partnering with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the department that provides emergency housing for people in disaster-affected areas.

Additional information, or contact information for your local Rural Development office for further assistance, can be found on the Rural Development disaster assistance page.

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