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Thunderstorm over farm
You can’t control the weather. But you can plan for it.
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by Valerie Hawkins

12 ways to prepare your farm for bad weather

Severe weather like tornados, flooding, droughts and wildfires can all take a toll on your farming operation. So, before bad weather hits, make sure you take these simple steps to prepare.

Take inventory

1.  Know exactly what’s on your farm and where it’s located. Pro tip: Photos are a great way to inventory your belongings!

2.  Mark animals so they can easily be returned if lost.

3.  Move animals, feed, pesticides and equipment to higher ground in case of flooding.

4.  Stock up on extra farm supplies like fresh water and livestock feed.

Prepare employees

5.  Review emergency escape routes for each building. Keep in mind your emergency plan might differ depending on the event (tornado, flood, fire, etc.)

6.  Document procedures to account for all employees.

7.  Create an emergency contact list for owners, employees, family members, and suppliers.

8.  Assign different roles and responsibilities to each employee, like who is responsible for taking care of livestock, moving equipment, or calling emergency contacts.

Check equipment

9.  Make sure generators are in working order.

10.  Turn off propane supply at tanks and close any open chemical containers.

Check insurance protection

11.  Meet with your insurance rep to ensure everything you own is properly protected.

12.  Discuss process for filing a claim if disaster strikes.

 

You may not be able to stop bad weather from striking, but these 12 simple steps can help you feel more prepared. What other steps do you take to prepare your farm from severe weather? Comment below!

 

Farm insurance policies issued by COUNTRY Mutual Insurance Company®, Bloomington, IL.

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