Survey the outside and inside of your barns and other buildings for structural damage, sharp objects, downed power lines, damaged gas lines, or other hazards. Assess the stability and safety.
Be aware of hazards that may cause injury to you or others cleaning up. These can include chainsaws, electrical or chemical hazards;
Do not touch downed power lines or objects in contact with downed lines. Report electrical hazards to the police and the utility company;
Provide clean, uncontaminated water;
Do not feed flood damaged or moldy feed;
Dispose of dead carcasses using proper deadstock disposal methods as found in the Deadstock, Mass Mortalities and Disposal section;
Check machinery and equipment for damage;
After winter storms, if excessive snow accumulates on roofs or a roof shows signs of distress, arrange for safe snow removal;
Clear ice and snow from vents. If mechanically ventilated facilities are not functioning properly, animals could suffocate from lack of oxygen. Open vents to facilitate natural air flow;
Clear away the snow safely, but also avoid overexertion. Strain from the cold and the hard labor can lead to a heart attack, a major cause of death in the winter. Make sure you have good footing when lifting the snow shovel;
Take photographs of all damage for insurance or emergency assistance purposes; and
Contact your insurance agent to report any loses and obtain advice about restoration needs.