Unexpected emergencies and disasters from severe weather to equipment accidents can strike anywhere and at any time. No matter the size of your operation, an emergency preparedness plan can help you stay ahead of disasters and protect your farm or ranch and those who work on your property. There’s a lot to think about when planning – family members, employees, emergency response times, safe locations, etc. Let’s start with the basics.

What is an emergency preparedness plan?  

An emergency preparedness plan is a road map for how to address a broad range of emergencies or disasters you could face on the farm or ranch. A comprehensive plan will identify key people and their responsibilities, exit routes, handling procedures and emergency contacts.

Why have an emergency plan?

Creating a plan can seem daunting, but having an emergency preparedness plan can save lives and help minimize the impact of the disaster.

What is included in a plan?

Your plan can vary based on the specific needs of your farm or ranch. In general, it should include emergency escape procedures and routes, a system for accounting for people, a designated meeting place, information for emergency contacts, etc. As you devise your plan, you’ll want to be sure you have a good way of receiving emergency alerts and warnings. Including a map of your farm or ranch with numbers over different structures and buildings is a good idea. Doing this can help emergency personnel quickly find your location in an emergency.

Do I need a farm safety kit?

Should an emergency arise and you or someone else is in a location that could take emergency response teams extra time to reach, a kit with the proper items can make all the difference. As you’re creating your kit(s), it’s a good idea to include an emergency contact card, basic supplies like bandages, wraps, sterile eye wash, instant cold packs, antibiotic ointment, adhesive medical tape, etc.

Coverage for the unexpected

You can’t predict when an emergency or a disaster will strike. Planning can help keep you and those who help keep your operation running, safe. Talk to your local Farm Bureau agent to learn how our Farm and Ranch insurance can help protect your property and equipment.

Sources:

https://www.osha.gov/Publications/OSHA3870.pdf

https://www.ready.gov/make-a-plan

https://www.farmanddairy.com/how-to/how-to-create-a-farm-safety-kit/345578.html

https://news.psu.edu/story/344107/2015/02/10/farmers-should-develop-implement-farm-emergency-plan