USDA, FEMA Work to Help Those Affected by Hurricane Sandy

The U.S. Department of Agriculture and Federal Emergency Management Agency are working together to aid those impacted by Hurricane Sandy. Various sections within USDA are reaching out to those affected by the storm. The Forest Service's wildfire suppression crews and incident management teams are being sent to the East Coast to help state and local partners. Rural Development staff is reaching out to telecommunications, electric and water system borrowers in affected areas to assess damages and offer assistance while also updating its list of housing units suitable for emergency shelter. NRCS is advancing the Emergency Watershed Protection technical assistance funds to 10 states to assist in disaster recovery. Food and Nutrition Service is offering food assistance to those in need. FSIS is monitoring the regulated meat, poultry and processed egg product industry to make sure it's safe for consumers. FSA is urging farmers and ranchers in need to contact their local county or state FSA office for assistance and to keep records of all losses. Risk Management also reminds producers to contact their crop insurance agent for more information on prevented planting, replant or crop losses.

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