Animal PreparednessDisaster Preparedness and Evacuation Planning for Livestock Disaster preparedness is important for all animals, but it is particularly important for livestock and equine because of the animals’ size and their shelter and transportation needs. Disasters can happen anywhere and can take many different forms, all of which may necessitate evacuation. It is imperative that you are prepared to protect your livestock and/or equine, whether by evacuating or by sheltering in place. The leading causes of death of large animals in hurricanes and similar events are collapsed barns, dehydration, electrocution and accidents resulting from fencing failure. In a slowly evolving disaster, such as a hurricane, leave no later than 72 hours before anticipated landfall, especially if you will be hauling a high-profile trailer such as a horse trailer. Take your disaster supplies with you or make sure they will be available at your evacuation site. You should have or be able to obtain feed, water, veterinary supplies, handling equipment, tools and generators. Inform friends and neighbors of your evacuation plans. Post detailed instructions in several places to ensure they are accessible to emergency workers in case you are not able to evacuate the large animals yourself. Important documents for your livestock and equine should be taken with you in a waterproof envelope, as well as color photographs for identification, emergency telephone numbers and veterinary documents.
Prepare a disaster kit for your pet(s) to include:Secure pet carriers for cats and dogs and appropriate-sized crates or cages for other type pets such as reptiles, birds, etc. If you are the least bit concerned about your animal’s behavior in stressful situations, include a muzzle.In a waterproof container, include a two week supply of your pet’s medications, a color photo of the pet in the event you are separated and all licenses and medical records, including proof of current vaccinations. Your vet may offer a laminated card with proof of current vaccinations that can be used at lodging facilities for travel and evacuations. If your pet is not accustomed to large crowds and other animals, consider asking your veterinarian for a mild sedative for your pet.Be certain each of your animals have name tags, rabies tags, etc., securely fastened to their collars and attach information about your temporary location to the back of your pet’s ID tag.•Dogs must have proof of Rabies, Distemper and Bordatella Vaccinations•Cats must have proof of Rabies Vaccination and FVRCP (Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calici, Panleukopenia).•A two week supply of familiar food and water for each of your pets•Bowls and a manual can opener if necessary•Cat litter pan, extra litter, litter scooper and plastic bags•Doggie pee-pee pads, paper towels and spray cleaner for accidents•Portable pet beds, a familiar blanket and lots of toys