Unexpected emergencies and disasters from severe weather to equipment accidents can happen anywhere at any time. No matter the size of your farm or ranch, it’s important to have an emergency preparedness plan to help you stay ahead of disasters and protect your property and those who work on it.
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 should identify key people and their responsibilities, exit routes, procedures and emergency contacts. Creating a plan might seem daunting, but having one 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
As you devise your plan, make sure you have a good way of receiving emergency alerts and warnings. Including a map of your property with numbers over different structures and buildings is also a good idea. Doing so 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 be difficult for emergency personnel 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, eye wash, cold packs, antibiotic ointment, medical tape, etc. The National Ag Safety Database (NASD) provides this helpful guide for putting together Farm emergency first aid kits.
Coverage for the unexpected
You can’t predict when an emergency or disaster will strike, but planning can help keep you and those who help keep your operation running safe. Talk to your local 360 agent today to learn about how our Farm & Ranch insurance can help protect your property and equipment.
Content from Farm Bureau Financial Services