Nebraska officials are encouraging farmers and ranchers located in or near flood zones to pay close attention to information being released by the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency and to take precautionary measures now to minimize potential flood damage.
"Information continues to shift as NEMA tracks upstream developments and weather conditions," says Greg Ibach, Nebraska Department of Agriculture director. "Farmers and ranchers need to be aware of local conditions and should be prepared to take action as necessary."
Some preparation tips include:
• Secure structurally unstable material, such as fuel and fertilizer tanks, propane tanks, lumber, and equipment.
• Keep surface water out of your well by sealing the well cap, and top of the well casing with heavy plastic and duct tape.
• Turn off all utilities at the main power switch and close gas valves.
• Turn off electrical power, gas and water supplies.
• Leave building doors and windows open at least 2 inches to equalize pressure and help prevent building from shifting.
• If possible, move motors and portable electric equipment to a dry location.
• Retrieve all important farm records.
• Pay close attention to watches and warnings and allow yourself ample time to evacuate.
• If moving animals to higher ground, keep in mind the necessities that those animals will need for an extended period of time such as feed stuffs and medications.
• Have facilities lined up ahead of time if needing to move livestock.
Additional information on preparing for flooding at your farm, as well as tips for agricultural retailers, is available at www.agr.ne.gov.