Are you prepared in case of natural disaster? The Department of Agriculture and Fisheries has created a number of online resources aimed at helping business to better prepare for natural disasters so they can continue operating and to recover quickly when disaster strikes.
The resources are particularly useful for people looking to better protect their business, crops, animals, assets, and employees.
By taking steps early, primary producers can reduce the risk of disaster damage and financial loss.
Here some things to investigate or action when getting ready:
- Make sure you have the right insurance.
- Consider the risks.
- Develop your response to disaster.
- Prepare a business continuity plan and determine what is needed to be operational post-disaster.
- Have enough resources in your supply chain.
- Speak to the Rural Financial Counselling Service on 1800 900 090.
To find out more, you can consult the following resources: natural disaster guide (To help producers protect their property and business) and natural disaster preparation for primary producers (Some tips for getting ready for the next season).
If you are a primary producer who wants to ensure the welfare of your animals, here some tips for you:
- Consider how to deal with livestock during a disaster.
- Ensure your pets are properly identified and microchipped.
- Keep emergency numbers handy for your vet and local animal welfare agencies.
- Ensure livestock can be identified via NLIS devices or brands.
- Have sufficient stocks of food, medication, and clean water for animals.
For more tips on getting ready, read the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries’ preparing animals for natural disasters guide.
Keep an eye on our social media channels (like us on Facebook and LinkedIn for real time updates) as we will repost links and tips next year in September and October, to ensure you are on track and you have the needed support.
Sources: Department of Agriculture and Fisheries Stakeholder communication kit: pre-natural disaster season.