TAHC Urges Livestock and Pet Owners to Make Preparations for Hurricane Laura

Livestock and pet owners are urged to make preparations for Hurricane Laura.
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As the state prepares for Hurricane Laura to make landfall along the Texas-Louisiana border, the Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) encourages animal owners to take the necessary precautions to protect their animals and themselves from anticipated heavy rain, strong winds and potential flash flooding.

“Texans should heed all guidance from local officials and remain vigilant against this hurricane to keep themselves and their animals safe," said Dr. Andy Schwartz, TAHC Executive Director. “It is critical that livestock and companion animal owners in the path of the storm make a plan, prepare, and take action before the hurricane makes landfall.”

Livestock: Hurricane Preparedness

  • Know the types of flood risk in your area. Visit FEMA’s Flood Map Service Center for information.
  • Make an evacuation plan to identify routes and safe locations (higher elevation) for your livestock.
  • Maintain an inventory of the livestock on your ranch.
  • Have identification for all livestock (ear tags, tattoos, brands).
  • Identify alternate water or power sources.
  • Put together an emergency go kit for your livestock.
  • Call 2-1-1 for animal and human shelter information.
  • If you come across stray livestock or down fences, contact your local sheriff’s department.
  • If your animal needs medical assistance, contact your local veterinarian.
  • To find out more about livestock preparation visit http://www.prep4agthreats.org/Assets/Factsheets/Floods-and-Your-Livestock.pdf

Pets: Hurricane Preparedness

  • Know the types of flood risk in your area. Visit FEMA’s Flood Map Service Center for information.
  • If you evacuate, take your pets with you.
  • Call 2-1-1 for animal and human shelter information.
  • Take a pet carrier or crate for transport and safe keeping.
  • Put together an emergency go kit for your animals.
  • Use a microchip or collar ID with up-to-date contact information.
  • Know where to look for your pet if they are afraid so that you can evacuate faster if needed.
  • Carry a picture of you and your pet in the event of separation.
  • If you come across stray pets, contact your local animal control.
  • If your pet needs medical assistance, contact your local veterinarian.
  • To find out more about pet preparation visit http://www.prep4agthreats.org/Assets/Factsheets/Floods-and-Your-Pets.pdf.

For more hurricane information visit https://gov.texas.gov/hurricane. For additional animal preparedness information, visit https://www.tahc.texas.gov/emergency/index.html.

About TAHC

The Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) was established in 1893 as the Livestock Sanitary Commission and charged with protecting the state’s domestic animals “from all contagious or infectious diseases of a malignant character.” TAHC remains true to this charge while evolving with the times to protect the health and marketability of all Texas livestock and poultry. Learn more about the TAHC visit www.tahc.texas.gov

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