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NSW landowners urged to enact farm emergency plans

Sheep Central, October 4, 2022

NEW South Wales landowners have been urged to review and enact their farm emergency plans as forecast rain is set to fall into already full dams and waterways.

Severe weather warnings have been issued for large parts of western, southern, central and northern NSW, with the weather system moving east throughout the week.

Local Land Services Emergency Management Coordinator Piers Harper said ensuring animals are factored into flood planning and the farm emergency plan will reduce stress, allow clearer thinking and improve the chances of keeping people and animals safe should flood waters arrive.

“Planning will not only protect your home, property and business. You also have an obligation to protect your livestock and pets from drowning.

“Your flood plan doesn’t have to be complicated,” Mr Harper said.

“In fact, it needs to be as easy and straightforward as possible so that if you are away someone else can implement it on your behalf.

“The State Emergency Service (SES) has a wide range of resources on its website to help you plan and prepare your property and livestock,” he said.

“You can also visit the Local Land Services website to download a copy our Farm Flood Readiness Kit.”

The Flood Readiness Kit helps landholders identify flood risks and hazards using a simple checklist. It was prepared by specialist emergency management staff from Local Land Services.

There is also a section to record stock numbers, property Information and key contacts to engage in planning.

“We encourage you to identify and move livestock to a ‘safe’ area on your property where they are away from danger but still have access to food and water.

“You should remove pumps from waterways, secure moveable objects like bale feeders and where possible, move farm equipment to higher ground,” Mr Harper said.

“It’s also important to store all chemicals securely and out of potential floodwater levels.”

Should further flood warnings be issued in coming days, it is important to monitor weather updates and warnings from the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM), as well as flood alerts on the SES.

For further information and advice, contact Local Land Services on 1300 795 299 or visit www.lls.nsw.gov.au/floods.

Source – LLS.

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