North Carolina's Ag Commissioner Steve Troxler reminds producers that the official hurricane season starts tomorrow. Troxler says that planning now can help reduce the damage from hurricanes and tropical storms, and now is the time to review plans and get ready for what could be an active storm season.
Weather researchers at NC State University say that up to 16 named storms could form in the Atlantic this year, and as many as nine of those storms could become hurricanes.
Some of the preparations farmers need to make, according to Troxler, is to first provide for families, workers, equipment and buildings, as well as having back-up plans for electricity and drinkable water for their farm. Also, have a place in mind to move livestock to higher ground if warranted, as well has having livestock clearly marked.
Troxler says that it's also a good idea for farmers to have a transfer switch properly installed so they can use a generator. A properly installed transfer switch is critical for protecting farm buildings as well as utility workers that might be trying to restore power.
For more suggestions visit www.ncagr.gov or www.ReadyNC.org