Agricultural communities are at risk for a number of hazardous or emergency situations - natural disasters, biological disease emergencies and man-made or technological hazards (e.g., agrochemical spills, bioterrorism). Any of these can greatly impact individuals, farms, animals and businesses in the affected areas. Taking steps to prepare for these events before they occur can prevent or minimize the impact on human and animal health or property damage.
This website houses a database of resources and factsheets to help citizens of rural agricultural communities prepare for and recover from a number of natural, biological and man-made threats.
Select one of the colored tabs above to learn how to prepare yourself, your family, your animals and your farm for a variety of hazardous situations.
A booklet outlining steps to take to prepare for and recover from hazardous situations is available here.
Photo source: Lance Cheung/ U.S. Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service