Be Prepared For Winter Storms

US - Farmers were reminded to have resources on hand that will enable them to handle several days without power and closed roads as they prepare for winter.
calendar icon 9 December 2009
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It is also important that they closely monitor the health and safety of their livestock during the winter storm, advised Iowa Secretary of Agriculture, Bil Northey.

The Des Moines National Weather Service office has issued a winter storm warning and a blizzard warning from 9 pm Tuesday (8th December) to 6 pm Wednesday (9th December). The blizzard warning statement notes that drifts of 8 to 15 feet in height are possible overnight with the worst conditions just to the east of Des Moines.

"With the heavy snow and strong winds that are forecasted, it is important that farmers are taking the necessary precautions," Mr Northey says. "Livestock producers in particular need to make sure they are able to continue caring for their animals in case roads are closed or they lose power for a few days."

Livestock farmers can prepare for the storm by making sure generators are accessible, ready and in good working condition. Farmers are also urged to make sure livestock have plenty of feed and water and to have reserve supplies if needed.

  • If livestock farmers need generators to power environmental controls and supply water for livestock they should contact the Iowa Concern Hotline at 800-447-1985.
  • Farmers should also contact their local Farm Service Administration office to notify the office of storm related damage, livestock losses and any critical needs as soon as possible.
  • All public safety related emergencies should still be directed to the county sheriff's office.

“Farmers are experts in dealing with weather challenges, but planning ahead helps make sure you are able to deal with the unexpected,” Mr Northey said.

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