What are your immediate, top prioritites in a crisis?
You will not be taking the time to search the web in a crisis siuation, so print this out now and put it somewhere handy.
- Where are family and staff?
- Who needs to be contacted, how can they be contacted, and who will do it?
- Will anybody need help?
- How will they get home?
- How safe are they, and for how long?
- Is the water supply adequate?
- Do they need shifting, feed, shelter?
- Will they stray if electric fences are shorting or not working?
- Can they be milked as normal?
- Are boundary fences intact?
- Don't forget your dogs, chooks and pets.
- Is the power off or likely to go off?
- Is it a general power cut, or is it just your farm? Is it just one phase, or all three?
- Has the power company been contacted? How long before the power is likely to come back on?
- Is an emergency generator available?
- What is the highest priority for the generator? Vat refrigeration? Water pumping? Household use? Milking?
- Are landlines working? Remember, cordless phones depend on mains power, so have at least one standard phone that does not require power
- Are cellphones working? Keep yours with you.
- Are neighbours' phones working?
- Do you have a walkie-talkie that can be used?
- Have someone listen to a battery powered radio for weather updates and emergency information - a transistor, car or cellphone radio.
- How are the pastures affected?
- How much supplementary feed is on hand? What type is it?
- What damage has occurred?
- What needs to be done immediately?
- Who will do it?
- Are vehicles or tractors usable?
- Are drives/tracks clear?
- Are the roads open?
- Are neighbours ok?
- Can they help?
- Do other people in more vulnerable situations need help?
Compile your own list here:
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