Rural Preparedness

Our rural communities are hardy and adaptable, but it's still important to have proper plans in place for adverse events.

Whether you live in a rural village, a lifestyle block, or a commercial farm, it's up to you to be ready for emergencies. 

While Civil Defence, rural sector agencies, and emergency services will try their best to reach you, it's possible that you may be isolated for some time. 

Plan for emergencies 

Consider the risks you could face from an emergency, such as a major flood, and develop strategies to protect your family, business, and community. 

Making a plan will see you better placed to recover.

Think about generators, your insurance, the risky areas of your property, erosion prevention, and animal welfare. 

Make a plan with your household, neighbours, and farm networks. (external link)

Knowing your neighbours and how to reach out for help will make a big difference. 

Plan for your animals and livestock

Your animals are your responsibility. 

Failing to plan for them could put their lives, and possibly yours, at risk.

Check out the MPI website(external link) for advice and resources on how to include animals in your emergency planning. 

COVID-19 checklist for farmers

It’s important you have a plan to ensure your farm can continue to operate if you, an employee, or a family member contracts COVID-19

Federated Farmers and other national farming agencies have put together guidance for running a farm in isolation for 14-21 days, what information to provide to health authorities, and wellbeing advice. 

Visit the Federated Farmers website to download the checklist.(external link)