a wild-lands refresher course with
the local fi re chief each spring. And,
we have the Personal Protective
Equipment, radios, and the hand-held
equipment necessary for working fi re
lines and mop ups,” added Uhart.
The fi re rig Uhart and crew use is
a hand-me-down acquired from the
BLM wild-land fi re crews. Watching
for used rigs from local fi re departments
is a great way to be proactive
and score a valuable fi re-fi ghting tool.
However, if that isn’t a possibility or
big trucks aren’t practical where you
are, there are other options.
WATERAX carries a wide variety of
fi re fi ghting gear, including RANCHER®
Series skid units. These compact and
lightweight units are designed for use
on ATVs and small utility vehicles best
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PREPARE FOR THE WORST
“It’s one of those things that we all
think ‘I don’t need to worry about
that’ until we are actually faced with it
and picking up the pieces,” said Uhart.
According to John Tanaka,
University of Wyoming Associate
Director of the Wyoming Agricultural
Experiment Station, there are many
factors ranchers must consider in the
aftermath of wildfi re.
Asking yourself what values you’d
like to restore, whether they are short
or long-term issues, and how much
you can afford to spend will help
the decision-making process from
an economic standpoint. However,
whatever decisions you come to will
be heavily dependent on how your
land reacts to the fi re and what it can
Having a good working relationship
with extension ecologists, biologists,
and your insurance agent will
help you formulate the backup/recovery
plan that works best for your land
Insurance isn’t something any of
us love to think about, let alone shop
for but having a plan that covers fi re
5 Steps to Creating
an Emergency Action
Plan for Your Ranch
can be a game changer in the rebuilding
“We carry insurance on livestock
and feed specifi cally for fi re through
Country Financial. I spent a little time
shopping around for different plans,
but this one suits us best,” said Uhart.
If you’ve already got a plan, no better
time than the present to double
check with your agent to determine
if your current coverage is best or if
another option might be more benefi
cial. And if you don’t have fi re coverage,
there’s no better time than the
present to get some.
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Coming up with an emergency
action plan doesn’t have to be
complicated, but it could make a
world of difference should disaster
strike. Here are fi ve steps you can take
to help prepare your place for disaster.
Determine the types of disasters
you need to plan for, i.e. tornadoes,
fl oods, severe snowstorms, fi res,
hurricanes, etc. Which of these
disasters are typical of your area?
Make a map of your property. Map out
the locations of all buildings, roads,
fences, gates, hazardous materials,
and shut-offs for all utilities.
Make lists. Have a list of livestock
inventory, including species and
number of head. Keep a list of any
crops, harvested or in the ground.
List all machinery and equipment,
including serial numbers. Have an
inventory list that includes fuels,
fertilizer, and pharmaceuticals.
Make an emergency contact list
that includes the phone numbers
for your vet, county emergency
management, Extension offi ce, and
insurance agent. Also, keep a list
of each business that supplies or
services your ranch.
Understand your current position.
Talk with your insurance agent about
the types of coverage you have for
emergency and disaster situations.
Take inventory of the emergency
supplies you have and make a list of
those you might need. Identify the
areas you could use for livestock and
equipment relocation in an emergency.
Formulate action plans. Using the
information gathered in steps 1-4
create a plan for a sheltering in
place scenario and another for an
evacuation situation. Ask and answer
questions about what to do if the
power goes out, the roads become
impassible, what’s the best escape
route(s) for the animals, and who to
contact fi rst in emergency situations.
Contact your local or state
extension offi ce for more information
or help formulating an emergency
action plan for your ranch.
(EDITOR: have a large bug-out
bag ready to load with important
documents and personal items)
Adapted from the University of Minnesota Extension –
“Five Steps To Creating an Emergency Action Plan for Your Farm”
24 I WORKING RANCH I JANUARY / FEBRUARY 2019