In addition, pesticide applicators should look to secure their pesticide storage areas. Applicators in low-lying areas should do whatever they can to elevate or move pesticides to locations that are less likely to flood.

More preparedness tips to consider:

• Closely monitor local weather reports for up-to-the-minute information on storms.

• Store or secure items or equipment that might blow away.

• Relocate livestock and animals from low-lying areas.

• Check generators to be sure they are in good working order and secure a sufficient amount of fuel to operate them.

• Turn off the propane supply at tanks.

• Secure propane tanks in the event of flooding to prevent them from floating away.

• Move equipment to the highest open ground possible away from trees or buildings that could cause damage.

• Mark animals with an identifier so they can be easily returned if lost. Examples are ear tags with name of farm and phone numbers, brands, paint markings on hooves or coat or clipped initials in the hair.

• Move feed to higher ground or to a more accessible place in case of flooding or transportation problems.

• Coordinate with neighbors beforehand and discuss what resources can be shared. Examples include a backhoe or set of livestock panels.

• Keep a list of important phone numbers. Examples include the local emergency management office, county extension agent, insurance agent, county Farm Service Agency and private veterinarian.

• Secure or move pesticides to higher ground in the event of flooding.