Disaster can strike even the best managed farm. Advance planning is essential to minimize the adverse impacts of such events as storms, earthquakes, floods, and other calamities.


Prevention, of course, is the best strategy. Examples of preventive practices include:


Preparedness: Have a detailed plan/schematic of the waste management system that a designated representative can use and follow. This plan should include:


A well coordinated, timely response will show the professionalism and concern of the facility's personnel, and will help avoid many of the negative impacts of the emergency. Minimizing adverse impacts of an emergency is important because the stakes are high. Poor responses to emergencies can lead to personal injuries, economic losses, negative public reaction, and increased scrutiny by regulatory officials. Emergency Plan Contents

  1. Flow chart detailing the steps to be taken in an emergency*
  2. An emergency notification list which includes the telephone numbers of the operator, their alternate contacts, state environmental regulatory agency, ambulances, and/or local rescue squad*
  3. List of neighboring landowners affected*
  4. Maps of the facility and surrounding areas including drainage patterns and locations of spoil materials for forming emergency dikes
  5. Inventory of equipment on site that includes location
  6. Designated spokesperson if desired
  7. List of equipment owners who have agreed to assist in an emergency*

* A copy should be kept at the Callaway Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Operator's Name

Emergency Phone Numbers

Operation/Location Operator (1st & 2nd alternate)

Pre-arranged Emergency Response Agreements

List any arrangements made with other producers to share personnel and/or equipment and supplies and land access during an emergency.

Pre-arranged land access agreements

Contact #1

Contact #2

Location of Pre-arranged Emergency Equipment and Supplies

Available 24 hours a day. Include phone numbers and primary contacts. Copy to EOC file. Put list in the order you want equipment operators contacted. Owner Phone Location Irrigation Pumps and Guns

Irrigation Pumps
Phone Location
Vacuum Tank (Honey Wagon)    

Runoff Retention Plan

Describe the procedures to be followed for retaining runoff. Include any equipment which would be required and how it is to be used. Note where spoil piles are located and neighbors who have agreed to provide access. Denote storm drains and runoff ditches on aerial site map for easy identification. Copy to EOC file.


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Mark Stewart -
December 1996