University of Vermont

Cultivating Healthy Communities

Disaster & Emergency Education

Farm Disaster Planning

Disaster can affect your farm in many ways:

  • People are a primary concern: plan for the safety of yourself, your family, employees, visitors, and neighbors.
  • When confined in buildings, pens, or even pastures, animals are highly dependant on you.
  • Stored feeds, crops in the field, harvested produce, milk in the bulk tank, or meat in a freezer are at risk.
  • Although replaceable, farm equipment often represents a significant amount of capital.
  • The land is most resilient to disaster, but there are exceptions, including chemical spills, soil compaction and erosion, and ground water contamination.

For help in becoming better prepared for all disasters see ReadyAG©: Disaster and Defense Preparedness for Production Agriculture from PennState.

Also see the "Business Disaster Planning" section of this site — in many ways, a farm is like other business!


Last modified September 12 2014 11:29 AM