Why Write Out a Plan?

Poultry producers are responsible for the safety and security of both their employees and their animals. While most farmers may feel that they would instinctively know what to do in a critical situation, taking the time to prepare a written emergency response plan beforehand is valuable for several reasons, it allows for:

  • Plan details to be collected and contemplated under non-stressful conditions;
  • Storing information electronically with several backup options, such as off site or in the cloud;
  • Posting hard copy of plans for ease of access;
  • Helps inform others on how best to assist during an emergency, including family, staff and first responders; and
  • Sets out procedures for dealing with specific situations so that time and resources are used most effectively at the time of the emergency.

Working through the process of writing an emergency response plan will help producers assess the potential risks and identify where they can improve practices or mitigation efforts.

A little time spent adopting some proactive measures now may save a lot of time and money should the farm experience an emergency in the future.

An emergency response plan adapted specifically for your farm demonstrates the “due diligence” you have taken in managing your risks and protecting your family, workers and animals.

Having a “what if” plan and training others to step in should the need arise is very important to ensure continuity of flock care and management. We have developed a selection of team
training documents to help you be prepared in case the primary farmer is incapacitated. These are found in the "My Farm" and the "On-boarding" sections of this website.

Although it is not possible to plan for all scenarios, the plans and activities that you develop will help to a assess and manage your level of risk and, therefore, improve your sustainability. Be sure to share your plan with family members, staff and service providers as appropriate.

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Human safety is paramount and must always be the primary consideration when responding to an emergency.