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2014-06-19

Livestock & pet owners advised: 'Prepare for hurricane season'

Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC)

Administrators with the Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) remind Texans that hurricane season begins June 1 and continues through Nov. 30. The TAHC advises Texas livestock and pet owners to begin preparing now for any possible storms.
Animals are particularly vulnerable to the severe weather associated with tropical storms and hurricanes. Any tropical storm system can wreak havoc on the livelihood of farmers and ranchers. Proper planning for disasters, evacuations or emergency situations is imperative.
TAHC Emergency Management Director Jeff Turner said, "Tropical storm systems present one of the most severe threats to animals and not just those along the coast. As these systems move inland, they bring high winds, torrential rains, and tornados." He added, "Planning for your animals is just as important as planning for your families and your businesses."
"Behind every animal disaster is a human disaster due to the special relationship people develop with their animals, whether they be livestock or pets," said Dr. TR Lansford, TAHC assistant executive director over Emergency Management. "TAHC staff continue to work with local animal issue committees to ensure they know about the special issues animals abandoned and-or injured during these storms will present to livestock producers and animal owners, responders and the local veterinary community."
For more information on how to protect livestock when a disaster occurs, read the TAHC's "Protecting Livestock When Disaster Strikes" brochure, available at http://www.tahc.state.tx.us/news/brochures/TAHCBrochure_EmergencyManagement.pdf. Other information can be found at http://www.prep4agthreats.org/.
To learn how to protect your household pets during a disaster visit http://texasprepares.org/English/family_pets.shtml.