Non-refrigeratored food items are recommended for your kit, such as peanut butter. Check the date for freshness and rotate items through. One gallon of water per day per person or pet should also be included in the kit. Make sure to rotate water too. Your pantry can be considered the kit, as long as it has the right supplies.
A National oceanic and Atmospheric Administration or NOAA radio is useful tool to have. It can be handy to have one in the barn as well as the house.
Other useful items include a flashlight, whistle, first aid kit, wrench or pliers, and prescriptions. If there are infants in the house the kit should also contain formula and diapers. It’s good to pack cards or other items to entertain both kids and adults. If you have pets make sure to stock pet supplies.
The second step is to make a plan. How will you get in contact with employees or family? How will your operation run? It’s important to think through how you will handle the situation ahead of time.
Next, be informed. Talk with local officials and find out what the possible local disasters in your area are.
Lastly get involved. Take a look at your local farm organizations, how could you get involved. Talk with the local Red Cross or local emergency responders they may have a program to train first responders in your area.
The number one thing you can do to help other people in a disaster situation is to prepare yourself for the disaster, says Cain. “You are saving other people, because emergency personnel don’t have to save your life.”
Stay tuned to the May issue of Dairy Herd Management for more information on how to prepare for a disaster.