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Severe Weather Safety Tips for Your Farm

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Spring is tornado season in many parts of the country. But spring brings a host of other potential challenges for farmers and ranchers – hurricanes, floods, higher volumes of chemicals on hand and other types of hazards are common this time of year.

At Nationwide, we are passionate about emergency preparedness. Why? Because every day, we help customers deal with accidents, crises and disasters. We see firsthand the effects of these incidents on farm owners, their families, employees, customers, bottom lines and often on their futures.

Over 100 years, we have learned that most accidents are preventable; that when disasters happen, damage can be minimized in many cases; and that advanced preparation is not just smart, but directly affects a farm’s or ranch’s profitability and long-term growth.

We recommend you prepare for tornadoes, hurricanes, floods or other natural disasters by having an active, up-to-date emergency action plan. In an emergency, it can provide a clear path through the chaos as well as save precious time when minutes count.

Here are tips for what to include in your farm or ranch emergency action plan. The best idea of all: Keep it simple!

Basic elements of an emergency action plan

More ways to be prepared for an emergency 

Keep both your farm and emergency contact lists in several locations – in your home, your office, your glove compartment, with all family members, any key employees and in additional buildings as appropriate. The key is to always have them close at hand.

Establish an inventory system. Know exactly what’s on your farm or ranch at all times.

Preplan salvage operations and include a method of debris disposal. Be aware of what materials the landfill nearest your farm or ranch will accept and establish alternatives if needed. Follow any specific procedures for disposal of chemicals or other hazardous materials to meet EPA requirements.

As farmers know all too well: Mother Nature is unpredictable. But being prepared with an emergency action plan is a great investment in helping preserve what farmers and ranchers have worked so hard to build.

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