Core Topics – Farm Disaster Preparation

The Farm Disaster Preparation Certificate provides many handy bits of advice organized into five core topics:
  1.  Practicing roadway safety for farm equipment
  2. Preventing farm structure fires or structural collapse
  3. Maintaining continuity of farm operations during severe weather or during power outages
  4. Reducing criminal activity and the risks of stored farm chemicals
  5. Boosting livestock handling safety and overall biosecurity
Each topic area covers many different teaching points.  Some examples:

Roadway safety

  • Performing safety checks prior to using farm vehicles on the road
  • Mounting and using the slow-moving vehicle emblem
  • Understanding right of way rules for large farm machinery
  • Knowing the necessary steps in the event of an accident
  • Reducing hazards such as mud on the road
Structural disasters
  • Clearly posting the farm’s 911 address at farm entrance
  • Identifying and correcting general fire risks on the farm
  • Evaluating barnyard access for emergency vehicles
Crime prevention
  • Recognizing farm supplies and equipment tend to be stolen and how
  • Understanding trespass on farm property
  • Reporting property damage or threat to safety of employees and livestock or farm products
  • Using lighting and lock for crime deterrence

Chemical storage

  • Securing pharmaceuticals, restricted chemicals, and fuels
  • Reducing excessive or unused inventory of agriculture chemicals
  • Reading and follow instructions for agriculture chemicals, pesticides, and fuels.

Severe weather readiness

  • Purchasing and installing emergency generators
  • Prioritizing electrical load needs to maximize generator capacity during a power outage
  • Identifying off farm contacts to assist in weather/power loss emergency
  • Defining personnel roles in storm preparation and safety procedures
  • Erecting lightning rods/suppression to meet building standards

Livestock biosecurity

  • Establishing overall animal health monitoring: vaccinations, health problems, feed and water intake
  • Providing adequate handling equipment for all animals requiring direct human handling
  • Understanding exposure of farm to animal bites, kicks, and similar injuries
  • Refreshing everyday biosecurity practices