Poultry Farm Emergency Planning Resource


This resource encourages farmers from across the poultry industry to take a critical look at their operation and assess potential risks. It works as a guide to creating an individualized emergency response plan for your farm.


PIC gratefully acknowledges: the Ontario Pork for providing the inspiration and template for this project; the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) for compiling the base materials; and checklist from Ready AG Disaster and Defense Preparedness for Production Agriculture, Pennsylvania State University Cooperative Extension, 2010 (funding provided through USDA).

We also would like to thank countless reviewers of the content from the poultry sector that worked hard to support the development of this resource. We appreciate your efforts!

Chapter 2 Disease Outbreak

Chapter 1 Getting started

Chapter 3, Man made & Natural disasters

Chapter 4 Deadstock

Chapter 5 Personal injury



This document is intended to be used as a guide to emergency planning and response. It is quite broad, touching on many different types of potential emergency situations. The purpose of this guide is to focus on the primary resources required in an emergency and is in no way a substitution of ongoing training for farm owners and employees.

The guide is a product of Poultry Industry Council with the support of various industry partners, including OMAFRA, however the views expressed in this publication are the views of the Poultry Industry Council and do not necessarily reflect those of OMAFRA or other advisors or supporters of the Poultry Industry Council.

The authors do not take responsibility for the application of any or all suggestions, advice, or information contained in this document. Professional advice should be obtained for any emergency or disaster situation.