The Ontario Pork marketing board is urging its members to prepare emergency response plans, and it’s offering to help them do so.
“While planning for an emergency, that (hopefully) may never happen, might seem like a big job — and it is — having a completed on-farm emergency plan for all of your premises will help you more easily navigate through an emergency,” the board said on its website.
This summer, Ontario Pork, Swine Health Ontario (SHO) and the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) are working jointly to assist producers in developing their on-farm emergency plans.
“A team of dedicated individuals can help you develop a personalized emergency farm plan. They can walk you through the planning process, provide more information, create a labelled site map of your property and help you identify the best area for on-farm disposal,” the board said.
The team is available now through the end of August and is happy to answer all of your questions.
Ontario Pork has a resource to help you work through everything you should consider in building your own on-farm emergency plan.