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March 6, 2013
FARMERS, KEEP YOURSELVES AND YOUR FARMS SAFE DURING AND AFTER WINTER SNOW STORM

Contact: Elaine J. Lidholm, 804.786.7686

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) has advice for farmers who lost power or suffered other damage from the March 6 snow storm that blanketed the Mid-Atlantic area.   

In many parts of the state, the storm is still alive. During the storm, VDACS advises farmers, and citizens, too, to stay informed. “Listen to your local news and weather channels for situation developments, forecasts and road closures,” said VDACS Commissioner Matt Lohr. “This is not the time for satellite radio or cable TV. You need to listen to or watch stations in your area.”

If you are caught outside during the storm, try to find shelter out of the wind and snow. Stay dry and cover all exposed parts of your body. Plastic trash bags can keep footware or clothing dry and provide protection from the wind.

Advice for farmers after the storm:

“Farmers who work carefully and who document losses as soon as possible will be ahead of the game after the storm,” said Lohr. “After the event is over and you have power again, I encourage you to write down the lessons learned and make it part of your plan for the next emergency. There’s nothing like a good plan to minimize damage and facilitate the cleanup afterwards. So think – and plan – ahead for next time”

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