If your dairy farm were to ever be struck with a crisis, think about what you’d do without a cell phone, advises Janet Grubbs, director of integrated communications and special projects with the Southeast United Dairy Industry Association, Inc. “During Hurricane Katrina, the cell towers were down and farmers could not get phone calls out. They had to rely on folks to come out to their farms, which was difficult at best.”

Also, think about what happens when you have no cash on hand — power lines are down and ATM machines don’t work. “When Hurricane Katrina occurred, our farmers had to rely on friends who had some cash to get gas for the generators and other much-needed supplies for the farm needs,” she says.

These are just two of the things gleaned from Hurricane Katrina. For more resources on planning for a disaster, go to: http://tinyurl.com/3pwjocj