Importance Of Emergency Response Planning
Emergency preparedness is important for everyone, but it is particularly important for livestock because of the animals’ size and the requirements needed to shelter and transport them. Disasters can happen anywhere and include barn fires, hazardous material spills, disease outbreaks, extreme weather occurrences, prolonged power outages, gas leaks, truck accidents, and personal injuries.
Pork producers are responsible for the safety and security of their employees and livestock. Writing down an emergency response plan and documenting the actions needed is valuable expercise that will help your prepare for anything. It is imperative that farmers be prepared to protect their livestock, whether by evacuating or by managing the emergency conditions on-farm.
Creating a Site Map
A site map is a valuable resource during an emergency.
One of the easiest ways to create a site map for your farm is to download aerial photos of your property from Google Maps. Important features of your property can be added digitally or manually to the map, creating a valuable addition to your emergency binder.
Visit our Site Map webpage for more information.
On-Farm Emergency Response Planning Guide
This manual encourages farmers to take a critical look at their agricultural operation and assess potential risks. It will guide you through creating an individualized emergency response plan for your farm. First edition: 2017. Updated chapters: 2020.
Download digital version On-Farm Emergency Response Planning Guide 2017 (fillable) or order a hardcopy binder.
2020 Update: Section 8: Major Animal Disease Outbreak and Disaster Planning & Section 10: Mental Health Information and Resources
On-Farm Emergency Response Planning Guide - Forms
Click here to download all the below forms in a single zip folder
Download supplemental information (part 1) as zip folder - Part 1 includes: Disease, Biosecurity and Deadstock; Fires; Generators; Handling Livestock
Download supplemental information (part 2) as zip folder - Part 2 includes: Health and Safety; Environment
Emergency Resource Links
Preventing Barn Fires
Unvented Gas Heaters