UF Experts: Prepare Your Farm Early for Hurricane Season

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It’s the beginning of hurricane season, time for farmers in Florida to worry about potential damage from a storm. Every farm and ranch in Florida must have an emergency plan in case of a hurricane, said a University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension director.

“The main thing is that farmers need to be prepared to be self-sufficient for a more than a week if a storm hits,” said Doug Mayo, center director of UF/IFAS Extension Jackson County. “It’s best to prepare now for a hurricane because this can minimize confusion and delays.” One of the first things to check is the condition of the roof of your home and all the other structures in your farm. Hiring professional leeds roofers can help ensure that your roofing is in top-notch condition, providing the necessary expertise to address any issues and maintain the structural integrity of your property. Rather than getting a whole new roof, consider re-roofing services instead.

Hurricanes can severely damage weak roofs so making sure that you have a sturdy roofing installation is highly advised. Call on residential roofing contractors to thoroughly inspect your roof and conduct any necessary residential roofing repairs.

Mayo offered the following tips:

  • 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.

For more information, visit http://disaster.ifas.ufl.edu, or click here for additional tips on preparing your farm for a hurricane.

By Beverly James, University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences