Ontario Pork Members - Emergency Planning
Monday, May 29, 2023

Waiting until an emergency or disaster occurs is too late. Every pork premise should have an on-farm emergency plan.

It may seem overwhelming but having an on-farm emergency plan will give you peace of mind. Don’t worry, we’re here to help. We’ve put together a team to help you develop a personalized emergency farm plan. The team is available now through the end of August and is happy to answer all your questions.

Book time with one of our emergency planners

Download a complete fillable digital version of Ontario Pork’s On-farm Emergency Response Planning Guide or order a hardcopy binder

Do you just need the updated chapters? Download Section 8: Major Animal Disease Outbreak and Disaster Planning, Section 9: Animal Activists, Protests and Trespassers and Section 10: Mental Health Information and Resources

Emergency Planning

Importance Of Emergency Response Planning

Emergency preparedness is important for everyone, but it is particularly important for livestock because of the animals’ size and the requirements needed to shelter and transport them. Disasters can happen anywhere and include barn fires, hazardous material spills, disease outbreaks, extreme weather occurrences, prolonged power outages, gas leaks, truck accidents, and personal injuries.

Pork producers are responsible for the safety and security of their employees and livestock. Writing down an emergency response plan and documenting the actions needed is valuable expercise that will help your prepare for anything. It is imperative that farmers be prepared to protect their livestock, whether by evacuating or by managing the emergency conditions on-farm.

Creating a Site Map 

A site map is a valuable resource during an emergency.

One of the easiest ways to create a site map for your farm is to download aerial photos of your property from Google Maps. Important features of your property can be added digitally or manually to the map, creating a valuable addition to your emergency binder.

Visit our Site Map webpage for more information. 

On-Farm Emergency Response Planning Guide

This manual encourages farmers to take a critical look at their agricultural operation and assess potential risks. It will guide you through creating an individualized emergency response plan for your farm. First edition: 2017. Updated chapters: 2020. Third edition: 2023

Download complete digital version On-Farm Emergency Response Planning Guide 2023 (fillable) or order a hardcopy binder

2020 Updated Chapters: Section 8: Major Animal Disease Outbreak and Disaster PlanningSection 9: Animal Activists, Protests and TrespassersSection 10: Mental Health Information and Resources

Emergency Binder 2020

On-Farm Emergency Response Planning Guide -  Forms   

Click here to download all the below forms in a single zip folder

 Download supplemental information (part 1) as zip folder - Part 1 includes: Disease, Biosecurity and Deadstock; Fires; Generators; Handling Livestock

 Download supplemental information (part 2) as zip folder - Part 2 includes: Health and Safety; Environment

Emergency Resource Links

Preventing Barn Fires


Unvented Gas Heaters