Farm Family Emergency Response Program

The Farm Family Emergency Response Program provides awareness training for individuals living or working on farms or ranches and outlines basic responses and actions individuals should consider prior to the arrival of emergency response personnel to the scenes of agricultural emergencies. Effective action by individuals at the scene of an accident can raise the likelihood of a positive outcome for an injured victim.

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Program Details

Target Audience

The program is designed for individuals who work in production agriculture or live on farms or ranches or in rural areas. This training is especially important for farm and ranch managers and employees, spouses and family members living on farms or ranches, 4-H members, and FFA groups.

Learning Objectives and Goals

The Farm Family Emergency Response Program was designed to achieve the following objectives:

  • To teach individuals how to keep themselves physically and emotionally safe during agricultural emergencies or rescues
  • To teach individuals the types of actions that will have a positive impact on the well-being of accident victims
  • To teach people how to summon additional help and engage those individuals in the rescue response
  • To reinforce the importance of first aid and CPR training for individuals involved in production agriculture


Instructors for this program typically include Cooperative Extension educators, hospital personnel, agricultural education teachers, and emergency services instructors. The instructor materials include a 20-minute tutorial explaining how to present the program, a sample presentation demonstration, reproducible class materials, instructional materials, and module narratives.

Learning Activities

The Farm Family Emergency Response Program is divided into 12 modules that cover topics related to the primary causes of agricultural injury and death. Each module includes a period for the discussion of prevention strategies. Participants are encouraged to implement safety strategies and recommendations on their farms and ranches. 


The instructor should measure the effectiveness of the class by having participants complete the pretest and posttest located in the instructor’s manual. Participants complete registration cards that can be used for follow-up to determine whether participants made changes on their farms or ranches because of the program.


Reviewed and Summarized by:
Linda M. Fetzer, Pennsylvania State University –
Davis Hill, Pennsylvania State University (Has since retired)
Dennis J. Murphy, Pennsylvania State University (Has since retired)
Aaron M. Yoder, University of Nebraska Medical Center –