Farming is big business in the County of Oxford with about 87% of the total land base devoted to agriculture production. Oxford County farms were, on average, the second most productive in Ontario. In 2011, the agriculture industry was the fourth most important employer in the county. (Census 2011)
From barn fires to hazardous materials spills to natural disasters, emergency situations often call for special measures to shelter, care for, or transport farm pets, livestock, and poultry.
Safeguard your animals, your property and your business by taking precautions now, no matter what the risks are in your community.
Through the Ontario Disaster Relief Assistance Program (ODRAP), the provincial government may provide assistance to farmers who incur extraordinary costs as a result of an unforeseen natural disaster. Eligible costs generally include emergency living expenses, and cleanup costs.
For addition program information and guidelines for eligibility, contact the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing or your local CEMC.
Whether it's a natural disaster such as an ice storm, or a serious accident in an industrial plant, an unforeseen event can disrupt business operations at any company.
Additionally, in an emergency situation, your employees may not be able to come to work. Your suppliers may face a shortage of the materials you need to continue your business activities, or demand for your services may simply decline.
Be proactive by developing a plan to improve your businesses’ chance of survival during or after significant disasters. A plan can help ensure your employees know how to stay in touch and know what to do in the event of an emergency. Keep your products moving and your critical services running.
A well designed plan will help you minimize the risk that an emergency poses to your employees, clients and suppliers, the continuity of your business operations and your bottom line
To learn more visit Public Safety Canada
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