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Spotlight   | Summer 2012

When disaster strikes

Expecting the unexpected can protect farms and farm assets in the event of a natural disaster or other emergency. Regardless of the type of operation, producers need to assess parts of their operations that would be susceptible and develop disaster plans.

"Spring tornadoes in southern Indiana captured the nation's attention, but the most common and overall most damaging natural disasters in Indiana are floods, straight-line winds, fires and winter storms," said Steve Cain, Purdue Extension disaster communication specialist, who also serves as the homeland security project director for the Extension Disaster Education Network. "Disaster planning starts with identifying high on-farm risks that producers might have overlooked and with analyzing past emergencies."

Purdue offers two publications to help farmers prepare for disasters. Rural Security Planning: Protecting Family, Friends, and Farms and Plan Today For Tomorrow's Flood are available for free download at the Education Store.

By Jennifer Stewart


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