Do You Have An Emergency PLan?:
Now is a good time to think of emergency plans on your farm. It is expected to be a stormy summer with localised flash flooding. Improving seasonal conditions have also made way for increased pasture growth, resulting in a high fuel load for grass fires. Farmers are advised to check their property periodically for hazards, risks and areas of vulnerability as it can usefully be linked to a review of emergency planning for their business. Recognising hazards and taking steps to reduce or eliminate them may create a safer environment for everyone on-farm. Dairy Australia has developed a questionnaire to help farmers prepare for and reduce the potential for injury and property damage.
The questions include:
· Do you have a written emergency plan?
· Do employees know what to do if a problem or situation arises?
· Is a list of key contact numbers available and easily found (including your milk company representative, neighbour, vet, SES, stock feed supplier etc)?
· Do you have a seasonal work plan in place to trim edges and/or clear trees and shrubs from around buildings and rubbish, leaves etc from around the farm?
· Do you and your employees know the maximum flood height for your property?
· Do you have a refuge paddock/area for livestock in the event of a grass or bush fire or flood?
· Ensuring identification for stock and pets to help with their return,
· Do you have a stock feeding plan for emergency situations including storage, access, who is responsible, daily rations, availability of drinking water etc?
· Do you have a system in place to monitor news and weather events, radio, websites etc?
· Do you have a generator or a hardwired connection point for emergency power from a hired generator and have you checked its operation?
· Do you have batteries, torch, battery operated radio, is mobile phone fully charged?
· Backing up computer files and records and photographing assets,
· Turn off power and gas.