May 5, 2011
In 1996, Joan and Matt Marti of Nehalem, Ore., were faced with a catastrophic flood. Residences were destroyed, 30 percent of the herd was lost, and all of the farm’s financial records were ruined. The land the farm sits on was damaged extensively and would take a full year to return to production due to 3 feet of silt residue left from the flooding.
Think about what or who might be impacted, says David Doerfert, professor with the Department of Agricultural Education and Communications at Texas Tech University. A crisis will typically impact more than one thing; consider the impact a crisis could have on humans, animals, crops or the environment.