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.