If you are able to leave your livestock at home but the power goes off for hours or even days:

  • How will you water your livestock?
  • How will you provide ventilation for your stock?
  • How will you milk the cows?
  • How will you cool the milk?
  • How will you get the milk into a tanker and off to market?
  • How long can you store milk on the farm before you have to dump some of it?
  • If the road washes out or is blocked, how can you get milk out?
  • If you have an emergency power generator, will it start when you need it?
  • How long can your generator run continuously?
  • How is the generator fueled and can you keep it supplied?
  • If injured livestock needs to be euthanized, how will you do it?
  • How and where will you dispose of mortalities?
  • If your labor force is disrupted, where can you find the help to get the work done?
  • Have you considered whether you would re-establish the business you now have if it entirely disappeared due to a natural disaster?

"You probably don't have answers to all those questions right now," said Schwartau, "but start thinking about them. Engage the innovative thinking of the rest of your family and people who are part of your farming operation."