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7/8/2015 10:52:00 AM
Purdue's Code Red helps farm families, small businesses organize important information

Jillian Fellows, Chronicle-Tribune

The Purdue Extension is offering a complete program for farm families or small businesses that helps to organize important documents and information into one secure location in the event of an emergency.

The Grant County Purdue office offered a step-by-step guide into setting up the “Code Red” plan during an event on Tuesday night that showed how to operate the Microsoft Excel-based program.

“It’s a program that allows farmers and small business owners to go through and puts a place for all their important information in case something happens,” said Stacy Clupper, a Grant County Purdue Extension educator. “A lot of times with farm families, dad or grandpa might know everything about the farm but there might a grandson that is farming with them that might not have all the details. If something happens to grandpa, they don’t have the information that they need. This is just a way to help get the process started.”

“Code Red” is distributed on a USB flash drive so that families can take the program home and input all the desired information. They can then store the flash drive in a safe place until access to that information is needed.

“The program is set up so that people can actually add additional items based on their own particular situations,” Clupper said. “It gives you a nice guideline but there is also some flexibility.”

Brian Middlesworth received the “Code Red” flash drive during the instructional session on Tuesday night. Middlesworth said he attended to “learn more and try to see how it fits into the operation.”

“It’s good for the ag side of the community,” he said. “Lack of knowledge is worse than more knowledge and if I take away one or two things, it’s a success.”

Basic information on the “Code Red” program as well as the USB flash drives will be available at the Purdue Extension office. The flash drives are $10 a piece.

“This is a topic that a lot of times people don’t think about or they don’t want to think about it until something happens,” Clupper said. “At that point, they realize how much information they don’t have access to. It doesn’t have to be a death; it could just be that someone for whatever reason is not available. It’s a really good way to make sure that information is there for that family business. This is just an opportunity to put all of that in one place.”

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