Content tagged "flood response plan for agriculture retailers"

Flood Plan Components: Know if you are located in a floodplain

Floods Updated: November 10, 2016

  Find out if your facility is located in a floodplain. Areas along rivers and creeks prone to flooding are called floodplains. The Federal Emergency...

Floods: Putting Your Plan in Operation

Floods Updated: November 10, 2016

Understanding the differences between a flood watch and flood warning is essential for reacting to impending floods. Authorities issue a flood watch after...

Floods: Rebuilding Permits

Floods Updated: February 08, 2013

After an area is flooded, local authorities may restrict or limit rebuilding. In some cases, authorities may consider a buy-out plan to avoid future...

Floods: Flood Recovery

Floods Updated: February 08, 2013

While floods make immediate headlines, the real work comes after, when communities turn their attention to cleaning up. In many ways, the risks to people...

Floods: If All Else Fails, Evacuate

Floods Updated: February 08, 2013

Protecting lives is number one.In flash floods or when waters are rapidly rising, the best and only plan may be to evacuate people safely. Local emergency...

Floods: The Components of a Good Flood Plan

  We developed the following components of a good flood plan after interviewing agricultural retailers who have responded to floods threatening their...

Planning for Tomorrow's Floods

Floods Updated: February 08, 2013

Preparing a good plan that covers the steps you should take before, during, and after a flood can minimize injuries and reduce damage to your facility....

A Picture-Perfect Response

Floods Updated: February 08, 2013

The following case studies recount picture-perfect responses by ag retail managers threatened by floods. These real-life examples reinforce the importance of...

Experience is the Best Teacher

Floods Updated: February 08, 2013

Retail agricultural outlets already should have developed and implemented emergency procedures to deal with pesticide spills, tornadoes, anhydrous ammonia...

Possible Flood Scenarios

Floods Updated: February 08, 2013

There are many possible flood scenarios. Too much debris (such as leaves, tree limbs, and trash) can clog street drains or ditches that cause flooding...

Ag Retailers Flood Response Plan

Floods Updated: February 08, 2013

The purpose of this lesson is to raise the awareness of how floodwaters pose risks to both agricultural retailers and their communities. This publication...

Flood Plan Components: Know what chemicals you have

Floods Updated: March 23, 2012

  Keep an up-to-date list of the chemicals you have on hand.The sizes of modern agricultural warehouses, the diversity of chemicals they have in inventory,...

Flood Plan Components: Catalog what could be damaged

Floods Updated: March 23, 2012

  Be sure to note the property that could be damaged in a flood. As you make your list, be sure to answer these questions: Next: Flood Plan Components: Know...

Flood Plan Components: Update employee contact information

Floods Updated: March 23, 2012

  Always be sure you can contact your employees and volunteers.A major difference between floods and most other emergencies is the need to bring to the site...

Flood Plan Components: Make sure employees know their roles

Floods Updated: March 23, 2012

  Train employees well. A flood is but one type of emergency you should plan, prepare, and train for. Use your new or updated flood plan as part of your...

Flood Plan Components: Keep employees safe

Floods Updated: March 23, 2012

  Emphasize personal safety over protecting equipment. Good plans should not be so chaotic that employees break speeding laws or operate equipment unsafely....

Flood Plan Components: Determine the right mitigation steps

Floods Updated: March 23, 2012

  Determine the steps you need to reduce the impact of a flood.These mitigation steps can be:All three actions can be effective and could be part of your...

Flood Plan Components: Designate a leader

Floods Updated: March 23, 2012

  Assign a leader to develop your company’s flood emergency plan. Designating a leader can ensure that your facility creates a flood plan before it is...

Flood Plan Components: Label your tanks

Floods Updated: March 23, 2012

  Label all tanks with your name and location. In a recent flood, an agricultural retailer lost 35 fuel tanks that were washed downstream. The dealer was...

Flood Plan Components: Protect stored grain

Floods Updated: March 23, 2012

  In the event of a flood, it’s important to protect any grain stored on your site. Floodwaters not only spoil the grain by getting it wet, the soaked grain...

Flood Plan Components: Get a NOAA radio

Floods Updated: March 23, 2012

  Get and use a radio from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). A NOAA radio is a special device that should be plugged in at the...

Flood Plan Components: Understand the area’s flood history

Floods Updated: March 23, 2012

  Know the flood history of your facility. When you live and work in an area long enough, you can frequently predict how much rain it takes to cause...

Flood Plan Components: Gather important supplies

Floods Updated: March 23, 2012

  Compile a list of contractors who can help with emergency supplies and their 24-hour phone numbers. During the emergency, you will be competing for...

Flood Plan Components: Get permission to dig

Floods Updated: March 23, 2012

  Open ground lies around many agricultural facilities. The soil from those areas could be useful to fill sandbags or to build a temporary dike to protect...

Flood Plan Components: Communicate with local authorities

Floods Updated: March 23, 2012

  Request that county and city authorities, street departments, and highway garages to walk through your facility before a flood. Make sure authorities...

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