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Posted May 23, 2009
Updated May 8, 2014
Raleigh, N.C. — State Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler has urged farmers to take steps to help protect their farms, families and workers if a storm strikes.
“Planning is essential to reducing the potential damage from hurricanes and tropical storms,” Troxler said. “Preparing now can help farmers avoid learning hard lessons later.”
Farmers need to make preparations for their families, workers, equipment and buildings, and have backup plans for electricity for their barns and other critical farm facilities, Troxler said. In addition, livestock operations should maintain emergency plans that address power needs and on-site feed capabilities.
Troxler said farmers should have a transfer switch properly installed so they can use a generator. A properly installed transfer switch is critical for the protection of farm facilities and utility workers, he said.
Troxler offered the following tips for preparing farms for major storms: