Help Build Disaster Resilient Farm Communities

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Pamela B. King
Extension Agent, University of Maryland Extension
Virginia Morgan, Ed.D.
Alabama Cooperative Extension System
David Filson
Emergency Preparedness/Response Coordinator & Partnership Expansion Leader
Penn State Cooperative Extension
The National Fire Protection Association
(NFPA) estimated that during the period
2002- 2005, an estimated 1,090 structure
fires in livestock, poultry storage, barns,
stockyards, and animal pens were reported to
municipal fire departments annually.
Our flock has Food and Mouth.
◦ 4.5+ million animals slaughtered during
eradication
◦ 2+million animals destroyed as part of the
Livestock Welfare Disposal Scheme
◦ Cost estimate over $10 billion
◦ Numerous bankruptcies
◦ 85+ suicides directly attributed to the disaster
◦ Over 10,000 civil servants, veterinarians and
soldiers involved at the peak of the outbreak
“If a flood, power outage, winter storm,
disease outbreak, drought,
terrorist incident, fire, or other
DISASTER hit my farm or ranch today,
would I still be in business
next month ?”
Survival
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Declared major
disasters more than
doubled in recent
years
About 25% of
businesses do not
reopen following a
major emergency.
(Source: Institute for Business and Home
Safety)
 Preparedness
 Response/Mitigation
 Recovery
Preparedness enhances
a business's ability to recover from:
– financial losses
– loss of market share
– damages to equipment or
products
– business
interruption.
Constraints of Preparedness
• Often businesses believe they
do not have the time, people or
money to prepare their
business
• Too much emphasis is placed
on dramatic, worst-case
scenarios – as if these were the
only possible disasters which
may occur
NO COST SOLUTIONS
 Meet insurance provider to review current
coverage.
 Create evacuate and shelter-in-place plans.
COSTS UNDER $500
 Buy a fire extinguisher and smoke alarm.
 Encourage everyone to take first aid, CPR
and CERT training.
COSTS OVER $500
 Purchase and install a generator where
essential.
 Install automatic sprinkler systems, fire hoses,
and fire-resistant construction.
1)
PLAN to stay in
business
2)
TALK with your
people
3)
PROTECT your
investment
Download
a Sample Emergency Plan
from the
Ready Business Web site at:
www.ready.gov/business
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for educators to help build
disaster resilient communities ?
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go to www.eden.lsu.edu.
Hoffman, W. (2008) USDA/CSREES
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IDENTIFY vulnerable areas of production and management
PRIORITIZE areas to strengthen
Create an ACTION PLAN specific to your operation
Develop an accurate INVENTORY of your assets
Identify and engage LOCAL CRITICAL SERVICES
Find additional HELP
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Share business continuity plan and emergency procedures
with families, employees, customers and others; encourage
them to prepare their operations
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Spread the word among industry, vendors, supply chain,
professional associations and customers
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Business section- for materials to help prepare families,
employees, operations and assets for an emergency
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Pamela B. King
301-934-5403
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Virginia Morgan
(334) 844-5699
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T. David Filson
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814-863-6424

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