Weather is one of the most unpredictable factors in life. Sometimes it’s frustrating but relatively minor— like rain or hotter-than-average weather on a harvesting day— but sometime conditions are far worse. Just like anyone else, farmers need to know how to stay safe in the event of a hurricane, tornado or other natural disaster. Here are some steps to take:
- Plan ahead. Don’t put off planning for a storm only to be left entirely unprepared when one actually hits. Have an emergency kit set aside with flashlights, nonperishable food, a radio, tools and other necessary items. Make sure to have a step-by-step plan for you, your workers and your loved ones. Also, make sure to secure your home and farm beforehand by reinforcing windows, collecting loose objects and bringing cars and equipment into garages.
- During the storm, find a safe place and stay there. You should already have decided the ideal safe space in Step 1. So once the storm hits, go there, turn the radio on and stay put. You should stay in a place with no windows and with multiple walls between you and the storm raging outside. Do not move until it’s safe to come out.
- Use caution once you emerge. Even if it’s safe to leave your home, you never know what a storm or tornado might have knocked down. Live power lines, glass, twisted metal and unsteady buildings are just a few of the things that could be awaiting you outside. Proceed carefully, and then set about temporarily repairing whatever needs it. Cover any broken doorways or windows with plywood and check your home for damages. Continue listening to the news to understand the severity of the storm, and to decide what you should do next.
Bad weather is a fact of life, and the only way to combat it is to be prepared. At AgAmerica Lending, we care about farmers and their well-being. We help agribusinesses make repairs, diversify and expand with our low interest rates, long amortizations, and outstanding 10-year Line of Credit.