Hurricane Evacuation & Assistance

Please check the following links for evacuation options during Hurricane Florence.  To add your location as a possible evacuation site call Eliza LaLuna at (910) 330-0327 or email  

East Coast Evacuation List 

Other Options:
  • Blowing Rock Equestrian Preserve, 1500 Laurel Lane, Blowing Rock NC 28605, (828) 295-4700
  • Pinehurst Harness Track, 200 Beulah Hill Road S, Pinehurst, NC 28374, (910) 215-0816



Subject: Ag Emergency Hotline

Dear Commodity Leaders,

Commissioner Troxler and NCDA&CS have activated the Ag Emergency Hotline in order to help farmers impacted by Hurricane Florence. The number is 1-866-645-9403 and is staffed 7:00 am – 7:00 pm.  Please pass this along to your commodity groups and others who may need it.

The Press Release can be found here:  You may also visit this site for other helpful information:

If you need anything during this disaster, please utilize the hotline number and we will do what we can to assist you.

Please stay safe – we’re thinking about all of our folks impacted by the hurricane.

TINA L. HLABSE | GENERAL COUNSEL |NC Dep’t of Agriculture & Consumer Services|

919-707-3013 (office)

919-733-1141 (fax)






CONTACT: Andrea Ashby, director
NCDA&CS Public Affairs
919-707-3004 or email at

Statement from Agriculture Commissioner Troxler on waiving of motor vehicle regulations to help farmers

RALEIGH – Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler released the following statement regarding Gov. Roy Cooper’s issuance of Executive Orders 51 and 52 in preparation for Tropical Storm Florence:

“With the potential impact of Tropical Storm Florence next week and the threat of severe economic loss of livestock, poultry and crops, I appreciate Gov. Cooper issuing a state of emergency for North Carolina. At my recommendation and as allowed by state law, the Governor has directed the Department of Public Safety to temporarily suspend weighing vehicles used to transport livestock, poultry, feed and crops in the emergency area. The order also waives the maximum hours of service allowed for people transporting essential fuels, food, water, medicine, feed for livestock and poultry and those transporting livestock, poultry and crops ready for harvest.

“These Executive Orders will allow our farmers the opportunity to harvest as much of their crops as possible before the storm hits. The orders also will help ensure that livestock, poultry and feed can be moved as necessary.

“Although this storm may change course, we are monitoring the situation closely, and are working proactively because of the amount of crops still in fields. We urge everyone to take this situation seriously and take precautions as the storm moves toward North Carolina.”


NCDA&CS Public Affairs Division, Andrea Ashby, Director
Mailing Address:1001 Mail Service Center, Raleigh NC 27699-1001
Physical Address: 2 West Edenton Street, Raleigh NC 27601
Phone: (919) 707-3001; FAX: (919) 733-5047


STATE OF EMERGENCY FOR VIRGINIA AND NORTH CAROLINA: We were just informed by the Virginia Department of Agriculture that Virginia and North Carolina are exempt from having to provide a Health Certificate and Coggin’s Test to evacuate your equine companions.



South Carolina along with North Carolina and Virginia have declared states of emergency due to the threat posed by Hurricane Florence. The State of SC has announced a mandatory evacuation of the entire SC coast beginning at Noon tomorrow (Tuesday).

I have issued the attached suspension of requirements with conditions for horses to enter South Carolina until 9/30/18 for horses that may be evacuating into upstate South Carolina.  We, along with most of you, issued similar suspensions of requirements last fall for Hurricane Irma and it was much appreciated by those evacuating.

I have spoken to representatives of Dr. Meckes’ office in NC and they join me in requesting that your states consider issuing a similar order, if possible, ASAP.  We suggest to our horse owners that they leave BEFORE the official evacuation and that is now.  NC will issue a similar suspension although the current projected path & the WEG would make it doubtful that anyone should be evacuating to NC.

SC and NC are willing to take back any horses that might come to your states without Coggins or CVIs as long as they return to where they came from by 9/30/18.

Thank you for your consideration of this emergency request.



Director & State Veterinarian, Livestock Poultry Health

PO Box 102406

Columbia, SC 29224-2406