Creating a Site Map
Sunday, May 26, 2024

Creating a Site Map

A site map is a useful resource in 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.

Ontario Pork staff can help you get started. Reach out to [email protected] with any questions you may have. 
OMAFRA's AgMaps is another useful mapping tool.

Example Site Map

We’ve done a full property image and a close-up of the barn to show you what information is helpful for first responders, including CFIA, during an emergency.

Barn Features to Note:

  • Premise identification, including street address, acreage, fire address, GPS location
  • Pen styles and sizes
  • Usual number and type of animals
  • Exits: Man-doors and animal loading
  • Manure system
  • Feed location and systems
  • Deadstock bins or composting sites
  • Driveways in and out
  • Power sources (Fuel tanks, generators, solar panels, etc.)
  • Location of onsite equipment that could be used to handle and euthanize animals (gates, snares, boards, captive bolt or firearms, C02 chambers, etc.)

Barn Overview

Site Conditions to Note:

  • Premise identification, including street address, acreage
  • Soil types (sand, silt, clay, etc), soil drainage, class, depth to water.
  • Water wells (active and old)
  • Tile drainage – Where are your detailed tile maps located?
  • Surface water, aquifers, flood plains
  • Natural area (frequent wildlife)
  • Roads (winter maintenance?)
  • Property lines
  • Nearest neighbours and types of operations (ie. hogs or other livestock, etc.)
  • Distances to nearest neighbours, if known

This information is important when making plans for composting or burial of large volumes of deadstock.

Deadstock Burial Map