This section identifies industry-specific issues, challenges and approaches to building a resilient farm business in relation to flood.
- Specific flood risks for your industry.
- An understanding of potential challenges in building flood resilience on-farm.
- Pathway for flood preparation and resilience activities.
Plan For a Disaster
You cannot trust yourself to make a good decision while stressed or in a post traumatic state of mind. Its important to have your plan written down and stored in a place that is readily accessible to anyone on farm.
Results of Decision Making When Stressed
- Poorer problem solving skills
- Less verbal, more visual
- Reduced flexibility and lateral thinking.
- Simplified emotional associations, rather than logical.
- Judgemental – jumping to conclusions.
Stress can be good for emergency survival although its not so good when it comes to planning long term for business resilience to natural disasters.
Reduce Stress by:
- Taking some time out from the cleanup. Set a time each day to finish and walk away from the job.
- Spend time with family, friends and colleagues to take your mind off the event.
- Turn of all media when your winding down for the day. Take some time off to do the things that you enjoy. This will allow you to think clearly when planning for the future.
Have a disaster plan for during and after the event itself. Make sure that your plan has been written down and incorporates what you have learnt from past disaster events. Once completed store your plan in a safe place and make it available to everyone on farm. The Growcom disaster tool kit mentioned in the video can be found in the right hand column.