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Here are a lot of resources–to stay safe, to deal with the aftermath, and to take care of our stress levels throughout. I pray you all stay safe.

Staying Safe information from UGA Extension:

Emergency preparedness general resources

Food and water safety-specific resources Storing Food for Emergencies

Information on crop loss and disaster assistance (from our friends at GAF&VGA):

  • Federal Crop Insurance Program or the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) remember to report crop damage to their crop insurance agent or local FSA office, respectively, within 72 hours of discovering the damage and follow up in writing within 15 days.  
  • It is critical that producers keep accurate records to document damage or loss and to report losses to their local USDA Service Center as soon as possible. Due to long-standing federal law, producers should not perform any cleanup efforts until an environmental evaluation has been completed by your local county office unless there is an immediate threat to human life. Failure to comply could jeopardize a producer’s payment eligibility.
  • The Tree Assistance Program provides cost-share assistance to rehabilitate or replant orchards and vineyards when storms kill or damage trees, vines, or bushes. NAP or Federal Crop Insurance often only covers the crop and not the plant.  
  • The Emergency Conservation Program and Emergency Forest Restoration Program can assist landowners and forest stewards with financial and technical assistance to restore damaged farmland or forests.  
  • On farmers.gov, the Disaster Assistance Discovery Tool, Disaster Assistance-at-a-Glance fact sheet (PDF, 1.4 MB), and Farm Loan Discovery Tool can help producers and landowners determine program or loan options.
  • For assistance with a crop insurance claim, producers and landowners should contact their crop insurance agent. For FSA and NRCS programs, they should contact their local USDA Service Center

Managing stress and mental health during hurricane season

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