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Emergency Preparedness—
Disaster Planning for Livestock


Why Livestock Owners Need to Be Prepared
Take Precautions
Farm Disaster Kit

Why Livestock Owners Need to Be Prepared

Transporting livestock animals to safety when disaster strikes can be difficult. Disaster preparedness is important for all animals, but it is particularly important for livestock because of the animals' size and the requirements needed to shelter and transport them. If you think that disasters happen only if you live in a flood plain, near an earthquake fault line, or in a coastal area, you may be tragically mistaken. Disasters can happen anywhere and include barn fires, hazardous material spills, propane line explosions, and train derailments, all of which may necessitate evacuation. It is imperative that you be prepared to protect your livestock, whether by evacuating or by sheltering in place.

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Take Precautions

cattle caught in a blizzard photo: FEMA/Liz RollPhoto: FEMA/Liz Roll

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Farm Disaster Kit

Make a disaster kit so you have supplies on hand in the event of a disaster. Place the kit in a central location and let everyone know where it is. Check the contents regularly to ensure fresh and complete supplies. Include the following items, then add items that you use every day:

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This information is provided by The Humane Society of the United States' (HSUS) New England Regional Office, on behalf of the Vermont Animal Disaster Emergency Planning Team (ADEPT). For further information, contact the HSUS New England Regional Office, (802) 368-2790.

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