Prepare livestock for disaster
Consider the following prior to floods, tornadoes, fires, blizzards, and other natural disasters.
– Learn what disaster risks are prominent in your area and what conditions accelerate that occurrence.
– Contact local law enforcement and emergency response agencies and familiarize yourself with their response patterns, criteria and capability. Make sure you also contact the official in charge of disaster response. Give the local emergency manager a brief description of you, your operation and your equipment.
– Visit with neighbors or local groups about organizing a management or evacuation system for livestock.
– Evaluate your own handling capabilities including manpower, equipment and alternatives.
– Contact friends or family who are 15 to 40 miles away and make emergency arrangements with them for temporary livestock care.
– Identify facilities and resources that may be available 15 to 40 miles from your site. This works well with agriculture producers and stables for the same contingency.
– Make sure you have legal and adequate markings to prove ownership of your livestock. You might consider having livestock marker crayons or bright-colored paint convenient to mark your animals and your premises. Have individual and group photographs of all livestock in your livestock disaster box.
– Practice loading your animals so you and the animals are familiar with the effort.
– Monitor television and local radio broadcasts regularly if risk factors are present.
– Identify an alley, lane or pen that can easily be used to confine animals and is readily adjacent to where a trailer or truck can access them.
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