Growing Safely - Farm Emergency Preparedness Plan

tornado hitting a barnBefore a Disaster or Emergency

  • Know the warning signals for your area.
    • Learn the warning systems for your community.
    • Are you able to hear or see the appropriate warning from your farm?
  • Stay alert for emergency broadcasts.
    • Emergency Alert System broadcasts on radio or television
    • NOAA weather radio alerts
    • News sources – radio, television, internet
  • Put together an emergency supply kit for your family.
    • See an example of an emergency kit here
  • Draw a farm site map and indicate:
    • Buildings and structures
    • Access routes (e.g., roads, lanes)
    • Barriers (fences, gates)
    • Locations of livestock o Locations of all hazardous substances
    • Electrical shutoff locations, etc.
  • Make a list of your farm inventory, include:
    • Livestock (species, number of animals)
    • Crops (acres, type)
    • Machinery and equipment (make, model #)
    • Hazardous substances (e.g., pesticides, fertilizers, fuels, medicines, other chemicals)
  • Keep a list of emergency phone numbers.
    • Your local and state veterinarian
    • County extension service
    • Local emergency management
    • Insurance agent
  • Stockpile supplies needed to protect the farm:
    • Sandbags and plastic sheeting, in case of flood
    • Wire and rope to secure objects
    • Lumber and plywood to protect windows
    • Extra fuel for tractors and vehicles
    • Hand tools for preparation and recovery
    • Fire extinguishers in all barns and all vehicles
    • A safe supply of food to feed livestock
    • A gas powered generator
  • Identify areas (e.g., higher elevation) to relocate your assets, if needed.
    • Livestock and horses
    • Equipment
    • Feed, grain, hay
    • Agrochemicals (pesticides, herbicides)
  • Prepare farm employees.
    • Keep them informed of the farm’s emergency plan; review it with them regularly.
    • Identify shelter-in-place or evacuation locations.
    • Establish a phone tree with contact information for all employees.

For More Information
Development of this educational material was by the Center for Food Security and Public Health with funding from the Multi-State Partnership for Security in Agriculture – MOU-2010-HSEMD-004.

Farm Emergency Contact Form
General Preparedness

Local/Farm Veterinarian
State Veterinarian
Cooperative Extension Service
County Emergency Management Office
Livestock Shipper

Grain Hauler

Out of State Contact
Fuel Supplier
American Red Cross
Milk Hauler
Power Company
Homeowner's Insurance Policy
Agent: ___________________
Company: ________________
Policy Number: ____________
Gas Company
Farm Insurance Policy
Company: ________________
Policy Number: ___________
Water Company
Flood Insurance Policy
Company: ________________
Policy Number: ___________
Disaster Hotline
Wind and/or Hail Insurance Policy
Company: ________________
Policy Number: ____________
County Public Health Department
Poison Control Center

For more information and resources, see

You can also check out the Growing Safely Farm Emergency Preparedness video on the Monsanto Off-the-Job Safety YouTube Channel or watch the embedded video below.



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Publication #: June 2010

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