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Murphy-Brown prepares for hurricane

Murphy-Brown, the swine production subsidiary of Smithfield Foods, is readying its comprehensive hurricane preparedness and emergency action plan as Hurricane Hanna makes its way toward the North Carolina coast.

Emergency response team
Murphy-Brown's emergency response team has been diligently preparing appropriate contingency plans, key personnel have been alerted and are on standby, and transportation and other emergency response equipment is ready in case it is needed.

"All of the animal waste treatment lagoons on our company's farms are in good shape-they're in compliance with state required freeboard levels and we believe they will be able to handle rainfall associated with Hanna without serious threats to their structural integrity or to the environment," said Don Butler, Murphy-Brown's director of government relations and public affairs.

Generators
Butler pointed out that emergency generators are in place on all company farms and they have been tested to ensure they are in working order. "If we have a power outage, our farms will have the capability to switch to generator power to deliver the water and feed necessary for the well-being of our animals and provide for the protection and safety of our employees."

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