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Animals: Livestock Preparedness
During an emergency, the time you have to protect or evacuate livestock will be limited. Here are some questions to consider in your advance planning:
Do you know where you could take your livestock?
Identify a safe location to take your livestock. Inform friends and neighbors of your evacuation plans and post detailed instructions in several places in case you are unable to evacuate them yourself.
Make arrangements in advance to have your livestock trailered in an emergency. If you do not have a trailer, have several people on standby to help.
Because of their size and transportation needs, owners of horses need to take additional steps:
Livestock Trailer Safety:
Are all your livestock identified?
Halters should include the animal’s name, your name and phone number, and a secondary number. Should you consider a tattoo or ear tags?
If evacuation isn’t necessary can you shelter in place?
Be sure you have adequate supplies of food and water. Also consider methods of providing water and food should you be without electricity. Maine livestock owners have lost power for as long as three weeks in recent years.
Hazards to consider and prepare for:
If your home or barn loses electricity, consider the other losses:
To best plan for these hazards:
After a Disaster:
Now that you are prepared, help others in your community.
Get involved in with your County Animal Response Team (CART). CART teams are part of the County Emergency Management Agency. These teams of trained volunteers who provide critical assistance in animal rescue and provide sheltering of both pets and livestock.
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