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Preparing For Isaac

August 28, 2012

Weather is something beyond our control. We’ve dealt with tornadoes, drought, storms, ice and more sometimes within a few months! Those in agriculture must think and plan beyond the normal.

For example, we need to be sure we have enough food and a way to cook it in case the power goes out. And, due to possibly large amounts of rain, it must be up high enough to not be under water. We have an interest in collecting water, and of course insuring plants are watered can be important too (especially for those just growing).

The estimated direction now shows Isaac detouring to hit Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana. Pascagoula is already flooding, and the choppy waves in south Alabama coming off the Gulf showed a hint of what is to come today and tomorrow. It’s raining solid now, and makes us thankful for measures put in place from an operational standpoint.

The duck pen is located over an area that was naturally low, and did not work for other things. Connor hauled a couple dozen wheelbarrow loads of leaves, which raised, slightly, the level. Added to other composting materials, it is not only on the way to being higher but also better drained. Ducks, of course, aren’t bothered by the rain as other poultry can be, so the location of their yard is key. They also have the options of raised tires to sit on, and a covered area the chickens use with perch to hang out above the ground.

Getting animals up out of the wet, at least by option, isn’t a short term project. It wasn’t done just because of Isaac, but of course any time large amounts of rain comes in a short amount of time, it helps to be prepared.

We also made preparations in having feed available as much as we could. Once we get a truck/trailer, the trailer will double as hay/feed storage for the rabbits as well as a spot for a pen. The birds on the back porch (Kitty & the parakeets) aren’t affected by the rain, but it won’t be long they’ll be brought in for the winter.

Slowing the water down, collecting some for use around the place and diverting from places we don’t water collecting is a big part of what all do, large and small operations alike.

Food, feed, preparations and “what if”  means ongoing plans, evaluating and preparation. Expect the unexpected, even if that’s 6-9 inches of rain.

We’re hoping, of course, the winds will die down and the water will go to Arkansas and other areas still battling drought that desperately need it. We can’t alter where it lands, but can try to make use of what falls.

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