Industry organizations provide crucial support to their membership before, during, and after emergencies. Is your organization prepared?
Step 1: Know your risks
Is your organization aware of risks to the agricultural sector?
- pandemics (or animal disease outbreaks)
- cyber threats
Step 2: Get Planning
An emergency plan should provide your organization and your membership with the information and tools necessary to respond effectively to an emergency. Here are some key questions to consider:
- What type of plan do you need?
- a generic plan (for all or most emergencies), or
- a risk specific plan
- Who does What?
- Identify roles and responsibilities in an emergency to minimise the disruption of normal activities, and facilitate their resumption
- How are communications coordinated?
- Outline how information will be shared within your organization, membership, other stakeholders, and the public
- Describe how your organization will work with others during an emergency
Step 3: Build Awareness and Exercise
- Encourage your membership to develop emergency plans and protocols for their operations
- Minimize risk by promoting the use of biosecurity measures and other tools (i.e.: traceability systems)
- Simulate emergency events and test your plans to improve your organization and membership’s capacity to respond in a real emergency
What else can you do
- Make plans and protocols accessible and save a copy online with a cloud service. Computers and USB keys run the risk of being damaged.
- Ensure that your plan is visible in a prominent location and that staff members know where it's located
- Stay informed and update your plans and protocols regularly.
Help is available! Some organizations have already started planning – see what you can learn for your own planning