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August 27, 2012   Email to Friend 

USDA OFFERS LIVESTOCK AND PET SAFETY TIPS IN ADVANCE OF TROPICAL STORM ISAAC
USDA Office of Communications
(800) 795-3272
August 27, 2012

In preparation for Tropical Storm Isaac's landfall, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is issuing guidance for residents in states who have livestock and pets that might be affected by the storm. USDA is offering these tips to help residents protect the health of these animals in the event of power outages, flooding and other issues that can be associated with strong storms.

Livestock Safety Tips

  • Make sure barns and structures where livestock can be sheltered are in good repair. If more space is needed, make arrangements for the use of other sheltering facilities in close proximity to current facilities.
  • Calculate the feed and water requirements to maintain livestock and poultry during an emergency.
  • Make preparations for protecting feed and water supplies and providing emergency electrical power if necessary.
  • If possible, cover feed and forage stored outdoors with a tarp or plastic sheeting. Routinely cover open water supplies, such as troughs and stock tanks.


Pet Safety

  • Make sure a sufficient amount of pet food and water is on hand during an emergency.
  • If asked to evacuate, be sure to take pets. If special assistance is needed (persons relying on public transportation or with medical special needs), contact emergency management agency officials for instructions.
  • An emergency pet shelter might be available near the human emergency shelter. Check with local emergency management agency officials to find the nearest emergency pet shelter.
  • Pet owners should be prepared to provide the following information to pet shelter workers: name; species and breed; sex; color; distinctive markings; age; microchip identification number; vaccination records; health conditions and required medication.
  • Other useful items to bring to a shelter are: a clear and current photo of you with your pet; an extra collar, leash, and/or harness that fits; favorite toys; any medications and special diets for their pets; information on feeding schedules, medical conditions and behavior problems; the name and number of veterinarian in case pets need to be fostered or boarded; and a pet carrier/kennel large enough for pets to sleep in comfortably.

More information about pet preparedness is available online at http://www.ready.gov/animals and http://www.avma.org/disaster/.

Additional information and updates about USDA's hurricane relief efforts are posted at www.usda.gov/disaster.  For information about the government's response efforts, visit www.ready.gov.




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