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

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.


Beach, R. (2005). The impact of natural disasters on agriculture: Improving damage assessment and mitigation. Journal of Emergency Management, 3(5), 49-54.