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Farm Emergency Planning

Emergency planning is one of the last things that we want to think about. However, waiting until we face an emergency is the worst possible time to come up with a plan of action. The prudent livestock producer will have made plans well in advance of any disaster in order to best protect their investment and livelihood.

Developing a Disaster plan

Disaster and Emergency Planning  begins by identifying the most likely types of emergencies and disasters which your farm might experience. This will be very much site specific.

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Farm Evacuation Plan

Farm evacuation will be a major undertaking. Emergency plans should be developed well in advance of any evacuation to insure that all goes as smoothly as possible. Evacuation planning is an important part of the emergency plan and should not be overlooked.

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Defending in place

Defending in place may be the only option in some emergencies. In other cases the decision to defend in place may be the most apporpriate, even though there was adequate warning to allow for evacuation. In either case, it is important to be prepared and to have adequate and appropriate supplies on hand.

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Disaster Checklist

An emergency and disaster planning checkilst is a good way to insure that all the bases have been covered in emergency planning. What follows should not be considered to be complete or authoritative, but rather as a starting point for sound farm emergency planning.

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