Baton Rouge, LA (August 23, 2020) – Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M., said livestock and pet owners should make preparations ahead of possible severe weather and flooding caused by tropical systems Laura and Marco and be prepared to evacuate if necessary.
Here are a few tips:
Livestock owners should identify an area on their property that is least likely to flood and where the animals can be moved when severe weather threatens the area. During an evacuation, it is important to leave early and have a place to go that allows livestock and or family pets.
Tips on preparing livestock trailers:
Check tire pressure and rubber for wear
Test brake and running lights
Inspect the overall condition of the trailer
Important livestock items to take during an evacuation:
Health records (especially proof of EIA testing for horses)
Bridles or leads
Important pet items to take during an evacuation:
Food and food bowls
Proper identification for livestock that are evacuated is crucial during a natural disaster.
By law, the LDAF is designated by the Louisiana Homeland Security and Emergency Assistance and Disaster Act to assist in evacuating and sheltering household pets for evacuated citizens going to shelters during declared emergencies. The LDAF now has two mobile pet shelters to assist in keeping family pets in close proximity to their owners when an evacuation is necessary. Those pet trailers and LDAF employees are ready to be mobilized, if necessary.
The LDAF also provides fuel for emergency vehicles, hospitals, nursing homes, shelters and other emergency operations that require fuel. The LDAF is prepared to move forward on this, if necessary.
Hurricane season ends November 30. For more information on emergency preparation for livestock and pets, visit www.LDAF.la.gov and click on the Emergency Programs icon on the right hand side of the page. For more information on how to prepare a family and business plan, go to www.getagameplan.org.