SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) – It’s still hurricane season here in Suncoast and as the First Alert Weather Team keeps an eye on Hurricane Fiona, Sarasota County government has issued some tips on how to care for your animals during inclement weather. weather.
Multiple safe places allow animals. Prepare an emergency kit for you and your pet.
If an evacuation is required, take your pet emergency kit with you wherever you go. The safety and successful evacuation of your family and pets depends on a good plan and being prepared with the right supplies.
Rural animals present different problems.
The decision to evacuate your livestock depends on many factors. If you are in a storm surge area, flood plain, small grassland, or urban area where you will not be able to avoid debris or will be in danger of buildings collapsing, you should consider evacuation. The key to a successful evacuation is to do it early.
Decide in advance how you are going to evacuate and, if you cannot, how you and your animals are going to cope with the possible lack of water, electricity and access to care for three to four days or more. Write down your plan and keep it in a place with copies of important documents so it’s ready in case you need to act quickly.
Prepare your cattle before a storm:
* Know where you can take your livestock in an emergency evacuation. Sarasota County does not house livestock and evacuation centers do not accept livestock as pets.
* Be prepared to evacuate early.
* Large vehicles can become difficult and unsafe to drive when winds reach 40 mph.
* Practice loading and unloading your cattle on a trailer. Stressed animals will be more difficult to manage (and may react negatively to their own stress) during an actual disaster.
* Pack a box with additional halters and leashes for each animal, blankets, brushes, wire cutters, medications, bandages, fly repellant and other first aid supplies.
* Keep important documents such as medical records, Coggins tests, photos and registration papers in an airtight envelope.
* A two-week supply of feed should be stored for each animal in waterproof containers.
* Be prepared to treat contaminated water. (Add two drops of bleach per quart and let sit for half an hour.)
* If you are forced to evacuate and leave your animals behind, inform your friends and neighbors of your evacuation plans and post detailed instructions in various places on your property. You will need to leave water for at least three days and access to quality hay. DO NOT LET ANIMALS FREE ACCESS TO THE GRAIN.
* The safest place for large animals to weather a storm is in a large pasture.
* Tag your animals with a non-toxic grease pencil or spray paint with your phone number.
* Label your contact information on waterproof luggage tags and affix them to your halters/necks or braid them into the mane or tail.
We have tips on caring for animals in the ABC7 Hurricane Guide, which you can find here.
Sarasota County government has also released guidance:
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