What am I doing this weekend to make the farm prepared?
...buying a 10 day supply of hay cubes. I don't think we will see a lot of ash here, but you never know. If we do, I'd like the pregnant ewes and goats to be eating half cubes, half pasture in order to reduce their exposure to ash. There is some anecdotal thought that consuming a lot of volcanic ash may cause miscarriage in early pregnancies.
...check the baking soda supply. We use it to adjust the pH of our catchment water.
...make water diverters for the various downspouts in our rainwater collection systems. If we do get an ashfall, we don't want it to be washed into our holding tanks. We will divert water until the ash stops and we wash the rooves and raingutters.
...buy replacement air filters for our various equipment, especially the back up generator.
...wash all the laundry so that I won't need to run the wash machine during the ashfall. The ash will be a fine abrasive that will cause quite a bit of needless wear. Our wash machine resides outdoors, one of the benefits of living in the tropics. I'll cover the machine well to prevent ash.
...cover the ATVs, move all other equipment into protective storage -- an effort to prevent fine ash from infiltrating the parts.
...go help a neighbor install water diverters on her rain downspouts.