How to Prepare Your Livestock and Small Farm for a Storm

October 10, 2018 08:38 AM
Consider these four phases of emergency management to create your own personal emergency plan.

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 to prepare and protect your farm: 

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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 

Source: Marion County Extension

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