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Farmers, ranchers need to be prepared for disasters

May 29, 2013 at 12:29 a.m.


Take inventory.• Outfit animals with ID tags and keep a list of ID numbers and descriptions. Keep a list of equipment and machinery, along with make and model number. Also know what pesticides, fuels, medicines and other chemicals might be onsite, as they could cause contamination and harm both people and animals.

Prepare a disaster supply kit.

Suggested contents include sandbags and plastic sheeting, wire and rope, lumber and plywood, extra fuel in a safe location, hand tools, fire extinguishers, livestock feed and a gas-powered generator.

Plan to minimize damage.

Have an escape route to get livestock to higher elevations and move large animals from barns that could flood. Make sure animals have enough food and water and move machinery, fuels, hay and other similar items away from flood-prone areas. Secure loose items and shut off power to machines, barns and other structures that could experience damage.

Source: Farmstead Preparedness & Recovery

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