volcano evacuation plan 

Volcano evacuation plan.

You Know It and Live It! Farm Life is great, it is wonderful- but ask a dairy farmer when they last had a real vacation and they might look at you funny-“What is this word you say, ‘vay-cay-shun’?”

Did you ever hire a babysitter to look after a child and not give them detailed instructions?  Doubtful!  Prepping for a farm sitter is no different. Planning for a trip helps to ensure that everything goes smoothly, but it is The Unexpected that suddenly pulls you off property which might cause unforeseen issues.  Mandatory evacuation orders? Natural disaster? Family member far away needing care or assistance?  Does your partner need to be hospitalized for several days? What if it is you that needs to be in the hospital?  Who will manage the farm-property-livestock-pets in your absence? You might be lucky to find a farm sitter on short notice, but how will you give them all the information needed to cover the bases?

Compile a Farm Emergency Plan Book (a.k.a The Farm Sitter's Manual)

Write down a list of every bad thing you can imagine that might happen to you, your family, your farm, and your surroundings.  House fire, barn fire, wildfire, flood, tornado, lack of electricity, downed fencing, drought, medical emergencies for you and your family.  What other things might pull you away?  Parents?  Relatives?  Friends?  For the sake of argument, go ahead and add “planned time off.”

Now- how can you assist someone who will step into your muck boots? I would suggest making a binder with all the pertinent information needed to get the job done.  It should be as foolproof as you can make it.

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