The impact of natural disasters on agriculture: Improving damage assessment and mitigation

Robert H. Beach, PhD

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Numerous programs and policies have been developed at federal, state, and local levels to mitigate damages associated with natural disasters. However, agriculture has not been a priority area for natural disaster preparation, response, and recovery planning. Understandably, reducing deaths and injuries and aiding homeowners take precedence in an emergency. Nonetheless, agricultural losses account for a substantial share of total damages resulting from natural disasters. This article summarizes the findings of a study designed to identify key areas for improving agricultural disaster response and to recommend policies to reduce damages and expedite recovery from weather-related natural disasters affecting North Carolina agriculture.

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North Carolina Division of Emergency Management: State of North Carolina Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan. NCDEM Web site. Available at www.dem.dcc.state.nc.us/mitigation/322plan.htm. Accessed June 15, 2004.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Climatic Data Database. NCDC Web site. Available at www4.ncdc.noaa.gov/cgi-win/wwcgi.dll?wwEvent~Storms. Accessed June 7, 2004.

North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (NCDACS): 1996-2002 Total Agricultural Damage Estimates. NCDACS Web site. Available at www.agr.state.nc.us/paffairs/disasterestimates.htm. Accessed September 15, 2003.

Beach RH: Natural Disaster Damage Assessment for North Carolina Agriculture and Forestry. Report prepared for the North Carolina Rural Economic Development Center. Research Triangle Park, NC: RTI International, 2004.

Beach RH, Bryan MJ, Clayton LJ, et al.: Policy and Planning to Facilitate Natural Disaster Recovery for North Carolina Agriculture and Forestry. Report prepared for the North Carolina Rural Economic Development Center. Research Triangle Park, NC: RTI International, 2004.




DOI: https://doi.org/10.5055/jem.2005.0053

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