The country is still just getting over the Christmas festivities, but now must prepare for the incoming storm Dylan.
A status Orange warning has been put in place in Connacht and six counties for tomorrow, while the rest of the country has been hit with a status yellow wind warning. Winds speeds are expected to reach from 60 to 80 km/hr, while gusts could be as strong as 120km/hr. The biggest impact from the storm will be across Connacht and Ulster, according to Met Éireann.
Heres checklist to ensure you and your farm are ready.
- The first thing to do is to ensure all machinery, equipment, and any farm utensils are locked away securely in weatherproof sheds. Move any larger equipment to higher ground and away from trees, in case of lightning.
- Test run any generator, which may be used to power the farm whilst the storm is underway. Also, ensure you have an adequate supply of fuel to keep it running. It’s always better to have too much than not enough.
- Make sure any pesticides, herbicides or chemical products on the farm are locked away in a cool, dry place. It is important for animal and environmental safety reasons that these do not leak into water supplies.
- Do not go out in high winds or storm conditions. Do not drive your car in storm conditions.
- Do not attempt to remove fallen trees during the storm. Leave trees for emergency services or if on your land wait until the storm has passed.
- Always keep a basic animal first aid kits on hand as you never know what may happen. Stock up on bandages, antibiotics and other medications to ensure you are prepared to help your animal when needed.
- House your animals, when possible, inside during a storm. Young animals should always be kept inside during stormy weather. Although this may not be feasible to some, it is important for their safety and your own. There’s no point in someone heading out into the eye of the storm in search of stock and becoming stranded themselves. It’s better to be safe than sorry.
- A designated relocation area for your animals should be prepared in cases of extreme weather conditions, which leave other areas flooded or inaccessible. Ensure all sheds and outbuilding roofs are secure.
- Make sure all feeds are well secure, in a dry area and accessible at all times.
- Keep yourself constantly informed of the weather. Weather updates are constantly issued during storms. It’s better to know early of any changes so that you can begin preparation as soon as possible.