Advice for Farmers facing Storm Barra
Met Eireann have issued a Status Red, Orange and Yellow - Wind warning for Ireland. Storms are becoming a more frequent occurance in Ireland bringing a mixture of wind, rain and sometimes snow. Teagasc has advice here for farmers facing the current Storm Barra this Tuesday and Wednesday
See Met Éireann's Status Red, Orange and Yellow - Wind warning for Ireland
It is important for the farming community to:
- Be prepared - before the storm
- Know what to do during the storm
- Be organised if a 'clean up' is necessary
Be prepared - before the storm
- Secure your home - check for loose slates and other items that might come loose during the storm.
- Secure your farm buildings
- Ensure stock are in a sheltered, secure area away from trees or buildings
- Store or tie down anything that might blow away
- Park machinery well away from buildings and trees that may blow over
During the storm
- The safety of you and your family is a priority.
- Listen to and follow the advice and warnings from the weather and emergency services
- Do not take risks.
After the storm
- Check your home for any damage that may need urgent attention
- Check for any fallen electricity wires, inform ESB networks immediately if necessary
- Check on stock and move them away from from danger (floods, fallen electricity wires etc)
- Ensure stock have adequate feed and water
- Assess any damage to farm buildings and deal with any urgent repairs as quickly as possible.
- Contact your insurance company if necessary
- Accept help when offered, and ask for it if you need it.
Read also - Dealing with Adverse Events and Dealing with storm damage