you live in an area prone to flooding or if flooding has been
anticipated for some time, have an emergency plan for evacuation.
It should include such considerations as family safety, equipment
safety, livestock relocation and temporary milking facilities.
flooding is hours or minutes away, keep your priorities straight.
Ensure family safety first. Be certain you have enough time
to get to higher ground before access is cut off. If you have
time before receiving an evacuation order, a number of precautions
may help you protect your property and livestock.
these precautions if flooding is common to your area or anticipated
an emergency plan of action, considering such things as
areas of high ground for animal relocation, temporary milking
facilities and approval to use them, equipment relocation
and safe pesticide storage.
sure cattle are properly immunized before being exposed
or be aware of standby services for emergency milk pick-up.
a plan for moving grain out of reach of floodwaters.
riprap on banks of earthen manure storages where flowing
water may erode berms.
is available, take the following precautions:
machinery, feed, grain, pesticides and herbicides to a higher
elevation. If you have a two-story barn, the upper level
makes a good temporary storage facility.
gates so livestock can escape high water.
water is rising, try to drive stock through water free of
obstructions. Grazing animals swim well, but the greatest
problem for them are fences and other obstacles. Long swims
through calm water are safer than short swims through a
building doors and windows open at least 2 inches to equalize
pressure and help prevent buildings from shifting.
possible, move motors and portable electric equipment to
a dry location.
electric power to all buildings which may be flooded. If
in doubt about how to disconnect power, call your utility
down lumber, logs, irrigation pipes, fuel tanks and other
loose equipment or material. Secondary containment is another
possibility for fuel tanks, as well as pesticide storage.
keep surface water out of your well, use materials such
as heavy plastic and duct tape to seal the well cap and
top of the well casing.
Weather-reporting services, such as the National Weather Service, to predict the severity of flooding; your county agricultural agent; your local emergency government office; the American Red Cross; the Federal Emergency Management Agency
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