Rural communities are vulnerable to any number of hazardous or threatening situations. Emergencies in rural communities can impact human life, property (sheds, garages, barns, homes, greenhouses), livestock, crops and business.
Additionally, in many rural areas, emergency or response resources may be limited. In the event of an emergency, individuals and businesses need to be self-sufficient for at least 72 hours.
Power outages can occur from a variety of situations (e.g., natural disasters) and can last for prolonged periods of time. This can present unique challenges in the home for ensuring your family’s safety. Taking preparedness actions now can help your family safe and healthy.
Protecting your farm involves a number of considerations: family members, co-workers or employees, buildings, equipment, livestock, and crops. Planning ahead for all-hazard situations can help to minimize the impact and speed the recovery process for you and your farm.
Draw a farm site map and indicate:
Make a list of your farm inventory, include:
Identify areas to relocate your assets (e.g., higher elevation), if needed
Remove or secure any loose equipment or materials, such as lumber, fuel tanks
Emergency situations can impact livestock and horses. Due to their size and special shelter and transport requirements, planning ahead for emergency situations is imperative.
Establish escape routes to safe locations (e.g., higher elevation)