If your operation experienced an emergency, such as a manure leak, would you and your workers know how to handle it?

Although Emergency Action Plans aren’t required, it’s a good idea to have one and keep a copy with your manure-management plan or other production records. This way, if you’re not around, another family member or your employees can easily find the information.

The Iowa State University Extension Service says an emergency action plan should include:

  • A plan of action to pre-vent the release of manure or prevent environmental contamination.
  • A detailed map of the site as well as manure-application fields.
  • A list of contact names and numbers included with the plan and posted near the phone.
  • A clean-up plan.

A well-designed plan can reduce the severity of emergencies, the risk to humans and animals and potential environmental pollution.