The Farm Family Emergency Response Program provides awareness training for individuals living or working on farms or ranches and outlines basic responses and actions individuals should consider prior to the arrival of emergency response personnel to the scenes of agricultural emergencies. Effective action by individuals at the scene of an accident can raise the likelihood of a positive outcome for an injured victim.
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The program is designed for individuals who work in production agriculture or live on farms or ranches or in rural areas. This training is especially important for farm and ranch managers and employees, spouses and family members living on farms or ranches, 4-H members, and FFA groups.
The Farm Family Emergency Response Program was designed to achieve the following objectives:
Instructors for this program typically include Cooperative Extension educators, hospital personnel, agricultural education teachers, and emergency services instructors. The instructor materials include a 20-minute tutorial explaining how to present the program, a sample presentation demonstration, reproducible class materials, instructional materials, and module narratives.
The Farm Family Emergency Response Program is divided into 12 modules that cover topics related to the primary causes of agricultural injury and death. Each module includes a period for the discussion of prevention strategies. Participants are encouraged to implement safety strategies and recommendations on their farms and ranches.
The instructor should measure the effectiveness of the class by having participants complete the pretest and posttest located in the instructor’s manual. Participants complete registration cards that can be used for follow-up to determine whether participants made changes on their farms or ranches because of the program.