Emergency preparedness should also include an evacuation plan if necessary with an alternate route. No matter what the weather event, an evacuation route planned in advance can save both human and animal lives. A route with an alternate route should be planned ahead of time. A ready to bug out bag already packed with emergency supplies in the evacuation vehicle. Be aware that the emergency that you are evacuating from may also be affecting the evacuation route. From fire, flood, hurricane, hail, even down to drifting snow, ice or freezing fog can affect evacuation.
Emergency Preparedness And Evacuation
Emergency preparedness and evacuation for families, farmers and ranchers to minimize losses should include the following
- Animal Identification is paramount when evacuating or preparing to evacuate.
- Make sure to allow enough time to evacuate, heed all advisories and watches. They can be used as effective practice.
Horses and livestock should be evacuated early while there is time and they don’t have to cross the flood waters or be rushed and spooked.
- Make sure that you have alternate evacuation routes planned ahead and time to use these routes to evacuate.
- Make sure that you know how many animals you have to evacuate and their priority (e.g. pets FIRST, then the best of the best). Call ahead and make sure that the shelter or place your are evacuating to will be available and allows pets and or livestock.
- Make sure that you know the permits or restrictions of evacuation and transportation of pets, horses and livestock. Interstate evacuation may be needed. Get the permits and restriction requirements taken care of when the watches are issued. Health papers and vaccinations from the veterinarian included. Last minute vaccinations can lower the immune system of the livestock, especially if they are already under stress.
- Do you have enough trucks, trailers and people to help with the evacuation of your farm or ranch?
- Do you have enough animal bowls, feeders, & waterers.
for your livestock and pets? Do you need horse blankets?
- Find out where to evacuate and what route to take. Make sure that you have a second choice place if the first is unavailable.
- What would evacuation of your family, farm and ranch cost? Make sure to have emergency funds available.
- Will the livestock be able to be returned to your farm or ranch
depending on the disaster?
- Make sure that your out of state contact has a copy of all your
information and emergency phone numbers.
- Always make sure that your “go kit” or ready to bug out bag is ready and available.
Make sure to have the basic preparedness steps down at all times to ensure smooth and timely evacuation.