Skip to main content

Building Agricultural Resilience to Hurricanes in the Southeastern US



This StoryMap, Preparing for and Recovering from Hurricane Impacts, provides a summary of actions that producers can take to build resilience to, prepare for, stay safe during, and recover from hurricane impacts.

Engaging with University Extension and Producers

The Southeast Climate Hub partnered with the University of Florida to host a free Building Agricultural Resilience to Hurricanes Workshop on November 15, 2018 in Gainesville, Florida. The workshop brought together over 60 USDA, Extension, and research professionals to discuss adaptation practices that increase resilience to hurricanes in nurseries, horticulture, row crops, livestock and grazing lands before, during, and after a hurricane occurs. Extension agents and other experts provided first-hand experience to workshop participants on the best management practices to reduce commodity loss risk and to speed up recovery from hurricanes. Participants also shared their own experiences and lessons learned from previous hurricanes during organized group discussions. 

Information shared during the workshop was combined with input from subject matter experts to create commodity guides of best practices for preparing for and recovering from hurricanes. The guides will assist in the transfer of information from Extension agents to land managers to increase agricultural land resilience to hurricanes.

Commodity Guides

View our English/Spanish fact sheet that outlines the type of information found in the commodity guides.

View regional and state hurricane preparation and recovery commodity guides.


Select the session below to view presentations from the workshop:

Introduction and Welcome

Keynote Speaker: David Zierden, Florida State Climatologist: Hurricane Michael, Agricultural Impacts, and Possible Connections with Climate Change

Session 1: Tropical Nursery and Citrus Industries

Session 2: Row Crops

Session 3: Livestock and Grazing

Group Discussion Summaries and Final Thoughts