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Spring Risk Mitigation on the Farm

Identify measures you can take to mitigate risk and ways to ensure you are prepared for a quick and effective response should a disaster or emergency strike.

High risk during spring

  • Flood or flash flood
  • Grass fires
  • Spring snowstorm
  • Building or structure collapse
  • Plow wind, hurricane, tornado
  • Thunderstorm – lightning strikes
  • Thin ice on dugout, slough or other water

Other risks

  • Disease outbreak
  • Drought
  • Hazardous material spill or release
  • Explosion
  • Building fire
  • Transportation incident
  • Building or structure collapse
  • Power outage
  • Water contamination
  • Uncared for or neglected domestic animals
  • Loose livestock
  • Ill or hungry wildlife

Response Preparation

  • Have fire extinguishers available and up to date in all barns and buildings.
  • Clear water should be accessible at all barns to allow for fighting fires.
  • Current animal inventory numbers.
  • Ensure animals have access to higher and/or open ground in case of high water or fire.
  • Test emergency generator if you have one.
  • Inspect and make any repairs to fences, gates and livestock trailers that may be needed.
  • Have temporary fencing or penning available and supplies to fix fence.

Risk Mitigation Checklist

  • Keep grass mowed around all buildings.
  • Inspect any fences for winter damage before putting animals out on pasture.
  • Make sure all gates are in good repair and functioning.
  • Limit any burning activity, including burn barrels to damp and windless days.
  • Cut down any at risk trees that died or became weakened over the winter.
  • Clean out all culverts to allow for unobstructed flow of water.
  • Monitor water levels around your farm and at nearby water sources.
  • Check all feed sources for mold and other damage.
  • Inspect all wiring in barns and remove dust and cobwebs from junction areas.
  • Clean any equipment or junk that can become flying projectiles.
  • Vaccinate all animals for disease prevention following veterinarian updates.
  • Clean out all barns, stalls, corrals, etc.
  • Ensure all hazardous material is properly stored.
  • Eliminate as many flammables as possible from area.
  • Hay, straw or manure piles may self-combust and cause a fire, never store close to structures or buildings.