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The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services supports local authorities and the efforts of other state agencies during an emergency. The department is the lead agency for Emergency Support Function 11 (Agriculture and Natural Resources) and is responsible for:

  • Locating USDA food sources for government shelters and allocating as appropriate to the agency responsible for food delivery.
  • Coordinating a response to an outbreak of highly contagious or economically devastating animal/zoonotic disease, an outbreak of a harmful or economically significant plant pest or disease.
  • Ensuring that areas impacted by the disaster are a high priority for the food safety inspections and verifications as appropriate.
  • Coordinating protection of endangered species.
  • Safety of household pets in support of State Coordinated Regional Shelters for evacuees requiring shelter.

Hurricane Dorian Press Releases

September 4, 2019
Temporary Waiver of Certain Animal Import Requirements into Virginia

September 2, 2019
Governor Northam Declares State of Emergency In Advance Of Hurricane Dorian

August 30, 2019
USDA Encourages Ag Producers, Residents To Prepare For Hurricane Dorian

August 30, 2019
Virginia Farmers Should Prepare Now For Peak of 2019 Hurricane Season
Taking precautions now can help protect families, farms and livestock

Animal Disaster Preparedness

Animal Import Waiver

Equine Evacuation Sites

Food Safety

Gasoline Price Gouging

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