How to Prepare Your Livestock and Small Farm for a Storm

Prepare your small farm for the storm.
( Farm Journal )

1. Mitigation: preventing future emergencies or minimizing the effects

This includes any activities that prevent an emergency or reduce the damage of unavoidable emergencies. For example, knowing the food and water requirements for your livestock is a mitigation activity.

2. Preparedness: preparing to handle an emergency

This step includes plans or preparations to safely secure and care for your livestock. For example, completing a first-aid kit, evacuation plan, emergency barn kit and animal identification system is a preparedness activity.

3. Response: responding safely to an emergency

This includes taking action to save your livestock and prevent further property damage. For example, putting your emergency management preparedness plan into action may include turning off circuit breakers to the barn.

4. Recovery: recovering from an emergency

This includes actions taken to return to a normal or a safer situation following an emergency. For example, getting financial assistance to help pay for the repairs.

Consider this comprehensive toolbox on dairyherd.com to prepare and protect your farm: 

emergencychecklistthumbLivestock Emergency Management Checklist

evacuationtookitthumbEvacuation Toolkit for Small Farms

 

 

evacplanthumbLivestock Evacuation Plan

 

foodandwaterthumbLivestock Food and Water Requirements During Storms

 

firstaidthumbLivestock First Aid Kit

 

IDsystemthumbLivestock Animal ID System

 

disasterthumb Check out these national and regional crisis resources on agweb.com 

Source: Marion County Extension

 
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