Hurricanes and Extreme Storm Events


USDA Emergency Preparedness and Response


USDA's authority to provide emergency assistance for its various disaster relief programs exists under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief, Emergency Assistance Act of 1987, Agriculture Secretary disaster declarations, Food and Nutrition Act of 2008, as well as other authorizing legislation.

Disaster Assistance Programs

USDA. Farm Service Agency.

Assistance from Farm Service Agency for losses from natural disasters including extreme storm events.

Emergency Watershed Protection

USDA. Natural Resources Conservation Service.

"Undertakes emergency measures, including the purchase of flood plain easements, for runoff retardation and soil erosion prevention to safeguard lives and property from floods, drought, and the products of erosion on any watershed whenever fire, flood or any other natural occurrence is causing or has caused a sudden impairment of the watershed."

Watershed Protection and Flood Prevention

USDA. Natural Resources Conservation Service.

NRCS cooperates with States and local agencies to carry out works of improvement for flood prevention; conservation, development, utilization and disposal of water; and conservation and proper utilization of land. Find Federal assistance information on Public Law 566 Operations Phase in the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance.

Watershed and Flood Prevention Operations (WFPO) Program

USDA. Natural Resources Conservation Service.

The Watershed and Flood Prevention Operations (WFPO) Program provides technical and financial assistance to States, local governments and Tribes (project sponsors) to plan and implement authorized watershed project plans.

Recover from a Flood

USDA. NIFA. Cooperative Extension System. 

Articles, reports, podcasts and videos on clean-up and recovery from damage due to floods. Covers "actions you should take to protect yourself and others when you return after a flood."

National Hurricane Center

NOAA. National Weather Service.

With a mission to save lives, mitigate property loss, and improve economic efficiency by issuing the best watches, warnings, forecasts, and analyses of hazardous tropical weather, the National Hurricane Center increases the understanding of these hazards.

Natural Events and Disasters

Environmental Protection Agency.

Outlines for extreme storms recommended preparations, actions during events, and recovery.


Environmental Protection Agency.

Offers information on disaster preparedness as it applies to environment risk when hurricanes strike, including food and water safety, protection from hazardous substances and community cooperation.

Lessons Learned: EPA’s Response to Hurricane Katrina (PDF | 240KB)

Environmental Protection Agency.

While EPA’s response after Hurricane Katrina was generally successful, lessons were learned during this response indicating where actions could be taken to improve future response operations. [Report No. 2006-P-00033; Sep 2006]

Hurricane Health and Safety

DHHS. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Provides information on drinking water safety, sanitation, and hygiene following hurricanes and other natural disasters.

Hurricane Hurricanes

Louisiana State University. Extension Disaster Education Network.

Covers a range of topics including financial assistance, recovery, safe drinking water and emergency sanitation.