Farm Disasters are Life-Changing Events
Drought -- a chronic shortage of water or rain, sometimes lasting for years -- is a unique type of agricultural disaster.
Floods typically occur when such an excess of precipitation falls that bodies of water (such as streams, lakes, and rivers) rise and overflow their banks. Flooding disasters can also be caused by ground water that rises over a long period of time.
A tornado -- generally preceded by a violent thunderstorm, high winds, and possibly hail -- will usually move onto a farm with great speed with winds ranging to 300 miles per hour. A tornado can destroy farm operations.
Winter winds, with low temperatures, snow and ice and high winds, pose a threat not only to property, but also to life itself. If not protected, people and livestock cannot withstand the conditions of a winter storm.
Recognition of the impact of technological disasters is emerging in the agricultural community. Examples of technological disasters include well and drinking supply pollution from toxins, nuclear fall-out and pesticide spills. Many disaster response organizations have specialists who provide special resources for this kind of disasters.
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