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Thursday, March 17, 2011 r i ................ bl " ! L._. _L_. ...... Preparing livestock in a flood zone The impact of a natural disas- ter on a community always makes headlines. If you happen to be a livestock farmer, the impact on you seldom makes headlines, but it makes a big impact on you, your livestock and the viability of your operation. "Many natural disasters give you little or no warning, but flood- ing is usually forecast, giving farmers time to think about con- tingency plans and take action," said Chuck Schwartau, a livestock educator with University of Min- nesota Extension. Questions for planning Your specific plan of action will vary by the type of livestock oper- ation, but there are many common questions to address if flooding is a possibility at your farmstead or livestock facility. Schwartau recommends that you consider these questions for your livestock operation: • Where can I take livestock that is safe from floodwaters? • How will I move livestock? • Where will I secure enough trucks/trailers to move livestock in a timely fashion? • Who will be available to help? Might they have their own live- stock to move? • Is there appropriate shelter and fencing at the temporary site? • Is there feed at the site or will I have to haul feed there? • How and when will I move feed? • How much feed will I need? • Do I need to move implements and feeding equipment? • Where will I access fuel for implements? • If my usual source of Commer- cial feed is unable to deliver feed, what alternative sources do I have? • If I have to reduce feeding amounts to stretch the supply, how will I ration it out? • What about bedding material? • Is there adequate water on the site? • Are there adequate water fountains or tanks? • If I am able to stay in my home, will I be able to get to the livestock location? Plan for power loss If you are able to leave your live- stock at home but the power goes off for hours or even days: • How will you water your live- stock? • How will you provide ventila- tion for your stock? • How will you milk the cows? • How will you cool the milk? • How will you get the milk into a tanker and off to market? • How long can you store milk on the farm before you have to Community IIIIIIIil111111 I]  '1 dump some of it? • If the road washes out or is" blocked, how can you get milk out? • If you have an emergency power generator, will it start when you need it? . • How long can your generator run continuously? • How is the generator fueled and can you keep it supplied? • If injured livestock needs to be euthanized, how will you do it? • How and where will you dis- pose of mortalities? • If your labor force is disrupted, where can you find the help to get the work done? • Have you considered whether you would re-establish the busi- ness you now have if it entirely dis- appeared due to a natural disas- ter? "You probably don't have answers to all those questions right now," said Schwartau, "but start thinking about them. Engage the innovative thinking of the rest of your family and people who are part of your farming operation." Additional Resources www.extension.umn.edu/flood Find articles and links to help prepare your family, housing, and farm, with research-based tips on immediate and long-term flood issues. Flood Information Line: (800) 232-9077, fil@umn.edu For questions about water, crops, horticulture, and clima- tology issues - AnswerLine: (800) 854-1678, answer@ iastate.edu For questions about cleaning, stains, mildew, and food safety issues Source: Chuck Schwartau, live- stock educator, U of M Extension Kimball Area . Emergency Food Shelf_.r" Inc. St. Anne's Church in Kimball 10 - 10:45 a.m. Tues./Thurs. Also open 2nd Monday of the month: 5:30-6:30 p.m. tel. (320) 398-2211 For after-hours emergencies," call one of the area churches. OWN Red file: your grab and go case for emergency situations Devastating disasters like a flood • Social Security cards of house- Additional resources are a vivid reminder of life's uncer- tainty. With the high likelihood of spring flooding in many areas, ask yourself if you would know what to grab if you only had minutes to escape from your home. "The plans you have made in advance and the items you decide to take with you will deter- mine how quickly you are able to rebound from disaster," said Rose- mary K. Heins, a family resource management educator with Uni- versity of Minnesota Extension. National agencies that work with disasters recommend that important items be gathered together and kept in a file case, in a place where all family members can quickly "grab it and go." Heins recommends that the fol- lowing should be in your file case: List of vital information, such as: • Contact information (fam- ily members, financial advisors, attorneys, accountants, bankers, employers, doctors, etc.) • Insurance policy i .nformation • Bank, credit union, and credit card account information • Summary of vital information (personal, financial, property, etc.) You will need originals or photocopies of: • Birth and marriage certifi- cates and/or divorce decrees hold members • Driver's license and other wal- let cards • Will and/or trust documents; Powers of Attorney • Recent income tax return • Passports and/or other iden- tity documents • Military discharge papers • List of your prescriptions and name of medication, dosage, pharmacy, etc. You will also need: • Safe deposit box keys and/or safe combination • Computer user names and passwords; CD with relevant per- sonal, financial, and legal files • Some emergency cash If you are able, one idea is to creme an electronic document with your information and scan official documents to make elec- tronic copies. You can then use a web-based e-mail system to send attached documents to yourself so that you can access them from any • internet-connected computer. You will still want to collect original copies of important documents in a safe place. Use Extension's "Roadmap for Important Papers" tool www. extension.umn.edu/go/lO5& for help organizing this information. www.extension, umn.edu/flood Find articles and links to help prepare your family, housing, d farm, with research-based tips on immediate and long-term flood issues. Flood Information Line: (800) 232- 9077 , fil@umn.edu For questions about water, crops, horticulture, and climatol- ogy issues AnswerLine: (800) 854-1678, answer@iastate.edu For questions about cleaning, stains, mildew, and food safety issues Source: Rosemary K. HeMs, ram- fly resource management educator, U of M Extension Get your first month FREE Saturday, March 26 • " Servmg 4:3O p.m. ." St Mary Help ,7  of Clristians 1 Pansh Center in St. Augusta a. 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