12 Ways to Prepare Your Farm for Bad Weather
by Valerie Hawkins
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.
- Know exactly what’s on your farm and where it’s located. Pro tip: Photos are a great way to inventory your belongings!
- Mark animals so they can easily be returned if lost.
- Move animals, feed, pesticides and equipment to higher ground in case of flooding.
- Stock up on extra farm supplies like fresh water and livestock feed.
- Review emergency escape routes for each building. Keep in mind your emergency plan might differ depending on the event (tornado, flood, fire, etc.)
- Document procedures to account for all employees.
- Create an emergency contact list for owners, employees, family members, and suppliers.
- Assign different roles and responsibilities to each employee, like who is responsible for taking care of livestock, moving equipment, or calling emergency contacts.
- Make sure generators are in working order.
- Turn off propane supply at tanks and close any open chemical containers.
Check insurance protection
- Meet with your insurance rep to ensure everything you own is properly protected.
- Discuss process for filing a claim if disaster strikes.
You may not be able to stop bad weather from striking, but these steps can help you feel more prepared.