Primary industry emergencies are events which occur that disrupt primary production either within the agriculture or livestock arena.
There are a wide range of emergency events to which primary producers are susceptible and which are not limited to natural disasters such as bush fire, floods, storms and cyclones. These include emergencies of biosecurity and drought.
As such, planning and managing primary industry emergencies requires a broad knowledge and skills not generally found within the wider emergency services sector. It also requires communities to be more aware of environmental and climatic changes, pest and weed control, where to source emergency resources, and the need for the development of specialised networks and partnerships for the management of emergency events.
Natural disasters can result in impacts which include large scale loss of livestock and crops, damage to pastures, fencing and farming assets, loss of quality feed and disruption to transport networks. These serve to slow production as costly repairs, stock replacement and the rejuvenation of produce occurs.
Biosecurity and drought emergencies however have additional consequences which can impact upon the on-going economic viability of individual properties as well as whole industries. Specifically these relate to high economic losses through loss of produce and livestock, decreased valuation in assets, quarantine of large scale areas and/or sectors, and loss of export opportunities. The impacts of these events are long term and recovery is protracted and complex. Without effective pre-planning and sufficient post event support primary producers can struggle to return to a state of viability.
Disaster Mastermind provides advice and expertise to primary producers and industry groups to develop and implement systems and practices that enhance capacity and reduce the impacts of disasters. Our services include: