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You never know when disaster can strike. Be it a flood, tornado, wildfire, or a material spill, if disaster were to strike today, would your farm be ready? Would your family be ready? If not, it is important that you start taking the precautionary measures to ensure that your family and farm are ready because unbelievable damage can be caused when the unpredictable happens. A good place to start is by developing a disaster kit for your farm. With a solid plan and the right supplies, especially when combined with you and your family's resilience, you and your farm can weather just about any storm. Here is what your disaster farm kit needs to include.
One of your top priorities should be—and should always be—to reserve fresh, clean water. You need to not just think about your barnyard but also your household as well. Think about water for drinking and cooking as well as sanitary purposes. When you store your water, you need to use fiberglass or plastic containers or some type of container that will not rust. Otherwise, you run the risk of the water becoming contaminated. The water should also be kept in a cool, dark environment.
2. Animal Inventory
Make sure that you maintain a list of all farm animals and that this list is kept up to date at all times. This list needs to include the location of your animals as well as records of their tests, their vaccinations, and records of their feedings. Don't forget to keep proof of their ownership in the same location. Also, it may be a good idea to have some plastic tags, some rope, and a permanent marker on hand so that you can label all of your animals with your name, phone number, and even address in the event that they get away from you during the commotion.
3. First Aid
It is also important that all of your first-aid kits are readily available and accessible. While your first-aid kits should always be this way, it is extremely important that you have kits that are ready in the case of an unplanned disaster. So, just make sure that these kits are regularly checked and kept stocked with plenty of gauze pads, bandages, cleansing agents, antibiotic ointment, tweezers, scissors, and so forth.
4. Animal Equipment
More than likely, if a disaster strikes, you are going to need to move your animals from your farm to a safer location. To make this easy on you (as well as the animals), you will need some equipment, such as cages, harnesses, halters, and so forth. Make sure that you have the necessary tools on hand and in an easy-to-access location.
As you are building your disaster kit, don't forget to make sure that you have farm-insurance coverage from a company like Western Reserve Group. If you don't or want to ensure that yours is sufficient, contact a local insurance agent to discuss any gaps in your existing coverage or to get a quote.