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Livestock Disaster Plan

Livestock Disaster Plan

Prepared By Kally Dennig, Cushy Alpacas
January 8, 2006

Each day we live with the threat of potential disasters. Extreme temperature, violent storms, drought, flood, hurricane, tornado, chemical spill, nuclear accident, fire, transport accident, lost animals, dog or wild animal attack, terrorist attack, war. The list goes on.

When a disaster occurs wouldn’t it ease your mind to know that you have a contingency plan in place?

This document is not designed to provide a recipe for livestock disaster management. Its intent is to start the contemplation process to make you and your operation more resilient so you can survive better, recover faster, and possibly mitigate future risks.

Why Have a Plan?

Why Have a Plan?

A predetermined plan will take the confusion out of emergency preparedness and disaster recovery for your farm.

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Emergency Preparedness

Emergency Preparedness

In addition to your family and business emergency preparedness plans, make a plan to protect your farm----its’ property, facilities, and animals. Develop a barn safety and evacuation plan that outlines each type of disaster and determines specific scenarios best suited for each situation. It should include a list of resources such as trucks, trailers, pasture and/or feed which might be needed in an evacuation, as well as, a designated person who will unlock gates and doors and make your facility easily accessible to emergency personnel.

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Staying Put and Sheltering in Place

Staying Put and Sheltering in Place

If disaster strikes without warning you will need to shelter in place. In other cases you may decide that sheltering in place is the best option. Deciding to stay put and ride out a disaster requires the ability to meet the needs of all humans and animals on your farm. At a minimum you must be prepared to cover the basics of water, food, shelter, power/fuel, medical/veterinary, and communication.

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Evacuation Planning

Evacuation Planning

If evacuation is the appropriate choice, preparations should be made as far ahead of time as possible. In most cases it will be impossible to make last minute preparations for such things as animal transportation and shelter. Not only should you prepare ahead of time for the evacuation of your animals, but you should also prepare ahead of time for the safe return of your animals to your farm once the disaster is over.

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Disaster Recovery

Disaster Recovery

Disasters, by nature, are catastrophic events that overwhelm the ability of individuals, communities, and regions. During such catastrophic events, many things get damaged including transportation, communications, emotions, and thinking.

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Farm Disaster Assistance

Farm Disaster Assistance

You do not have to face a disaster alone. Many members of the alpaca industry have survived disasters and are there to help. They have “weathered the storms” so to speak. Get in touch with them. They have proven advice and are willing to share it with you.

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