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