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Spirit Lake, IA 51360
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Man-made or Technological Threats
Man-made or technological emergencies that may impact rural communities can include things such as agrochemical spills, power outages or acts of terrorism. Because the occurrence of these incidents is typically unpredictable, proper preparedness and response for these situations is essential.
Agricultural chemicals (agrochemical) are a common component found in rural communities and on farms. These may include any number of products from pesticides and herbicides to fertilizers (e.g., anhydrous ammonia) or disinfectant products. Proper use and application of agrochemicals can aid in agricultural tasks, however precautions must be taken to prevent chemical accidents or spills that can affect the individual, community and environment. Safety when using these products is paramount.
Additionally, some products can be the target of thefts for illegal use (e.g., methamphetamine production). Prevention measures include understanding the proper use of these chemical and any safety the issues involved, knowing the actions to take in the event of a chemical accident or spill, as well as implementing measures to deter the theft of any agricultural chemicals.
Power outages are another technological hazard for rural communities that can occur from a variety of situations, such as natural disasters (e.g., flooding, ice storms) or from overwhelmed power systems during extreme heat situations. The loss of power to farms using mechanical ventilation, bulk milk-handling equipment, automated feeding systems, heat or refrigeration can result in economic and livestock losses. In homes, food safety can become an issue without proper refrigeration.
Since September 11, 2001, our country has become more aware of the potential of terrorism in our country. Bioterrorism involves the deliberate release of germs or other biological substances to cause illness, death, fear, social disruption and economic damage. When agricultural commodities, such as livestock or crops, are targeted, it is referred to as agroterrorism. The resulting impact can cause economic damage, loss of confidence in the food supply and possible loss of life.
This section provides information on prevention and recovery actions for man-made and technological hazards. Protecting your family, home and farm, animals and business during these situations will require preparedness actions.