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Complete the self-assessment checklist
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Take any corrective action identified when completing the checklist
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Read the points to consider for the various hazards
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Fill in the template for your response procedure found within each hazard section
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Fill in the contact lists, charts, inventories, etc. 
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Check the online resource regularly for new templates and information!

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What to do With Your Completed Plan


  • Use the self-assessment checklist to cover all areas to consider;
  • Read through each module and add your own farm’s unique assets; and
  • Familiarise yourself with the various emergency responses. Each emergency type has its own considerations!


  • Write down essential contact information and the description and location of production facilities, animals and equipment;
  • Outline the basic procedures to follow during an emergency;
  • Put a big label on your plan binder so that it is clearly identified; and
  • Store an electronic version on a “cloud” server or document sharing service such as Dropbox, SkyDrive, Google Drive, iCloud, or OneDrive.


  • Write it down or print it out in hard copy;
  • Make it quickly and easily accessible;
  • Have multiple hard copies of the plan located in various locations around the farm; and
  • Ensure that other family members and employees know where to find the plan and how to use it .

Start Preparing: Collection of Information

When dealing with emergencies, there are several components that remain the same regardless of the event. This section will cover things to consider for all event types, with a template for emergency contact information and general emergency response. The template should be revised to reflect your farm operation and premises.

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Review the checklist and your emergency procedures periodically, to keep on top of changes and maintain practices. Update your plan at least annually or when a significant change occurs in the farming operation.