Emergencies and disasters such as barn fires, blizzards or floods are common risks in agricultural communities across Alberta. Being prepared will help you protect your farm animals, livestock, and property so you can overcome unexpected situations as quickly as possible.
When building your plan consider the following:
- Build a map. Outline the buildings on the property and include key services (power and water sources), access points, equipment locations, and dangerous chemical storage. Post your map in each building.
- Set a meeting place or muster point in case an evacuation is ordered. Make sure everyone knows the location(s) and ensure that there is feed, water and shelter for any animals you can evacuate. Consider seasonal weather impacts
- Create safe transportation methods. If possible, practice loading and transporting your animals.
- Ensure animals are visually identified (ear tags, tattoos, etc.) whenever possible. Create a file with animal identification and ownership records.
- Create an emergency contact list that includes neighbours, animal handlers/transporters, veterinarians, and feed suppliers. Post in each building.
- Store all records (animal ID, contact lists and site map) onsite, offsite and digitally.
- Work with your local Director of Emergency Management (DEM) to learn what type of help will be available. To contact the Town of High Level DEM please call 780-926-2201 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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