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7 Steps For Keeping People, Pets and Livestock Safe During Disasters

Real Estate Agent with Cindy Stys Equestrian and Country Properties, Ltd. PA License #AB068077


With all the rains and snows we have had recently, and being a volunteer with the Lehigh Valley Animal Response Team (LVCART), I thought I would post these 7 Tips for Keeping People, Pets and Livestock Safe During a Disaster.


1.  Planning.  Create a family and business emergency plan for people, livestock and pets.  Know the risks for your community.  Livestock operations must implement bio-security practices to protect their operation from accidental or intentional outbreaks of devastating animal diseases.


2.  Preparation.  Involve all family members or employees in practicing your plan.  Gather all necessary supplies you will need during an emergency.  Create prioritized lists of needed actions.


3.  Communication.  Families should agree upon a place to meet and an out of the area contact through which to communicate, if they are separated.


4.  Identification.  Provide individual identification for pets and horses (tags, microchips, photos, etc.).  Store photos and copies of brand and registration papers away from home.


5.  Transportation.  Teach all horses to load quickly and safely.  Have airline kennels, collars, leashes, harnesses, and other pet supplies ready.


6.  Co-operation.  Work with friends and neighbors to help ensure timely evacuation and other emergency care for all animals during crisis.


7.  Involvement.  Become involved with your County Animal Response Team and other voluntary and emergency organizations in your community.


The County Animal Response Teams are always seeking volunteers and donations.  There never seem to be enough.  If interested in volunteering, or making a donation, contact your local County Animal Response Team to find out how you can help.


Brigita McKelvie, REALTOR, e-PRO, GRI

Pennsylvania License #RS297130

Residential, Rural and Horse Properties

Keller Williams Real Estate, Bethlehem, PA

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Brigita McKelvie is a REALTOR®  (Pennsylvania License #RS297130) with Cindy Stys Equestrian & Country Properties, specializing in rural and horse properties and farms in Eastern Pennsylvania.  She has an e-Pro® (Certified Internet Expert) certification and a GRI (Graduate, REALTOR® Institute) designation.  

Brigita McKelvie, REALTOR

Pennsylvania License #RS297130

Rural and Horse Properties and Farms


Cindy Stys Equestrian & Country Properties, Ltd.Cindy Stys Equestrian & Country Properties, Ltd.


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Comments (4)

Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Platinum - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

Brigita, great tips....I can't believe there are so many folks who don't have their beloved furbabies microchipped...it is not failsafe, but it sure offers a bit of peace of mind.  Take care and keep up the great blogging!

Mar 23, 2010 01:47 AM
Brigita McKelvie, Associate Broker
Cindy Stys Equestrian and Country Properties, Ltd. - Lehigh Valley, PA
The Broker with horse sense and no horsing around

Thank you, Kristin!


Mar 23, 2010 08:12 AM
Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED
RETIRED / State License is Inactive - Portland, OR

This is good, because we're always reading about what to do, but never with our pets.  I don't have horses, but yeah, they need to be included in the safety plan.  Good thoughts!

Mar 23, 2010 06:50 PM
Brigita McKelvie, Associate Broker
Cindy Stys Equestrian and Country Properties, Ltd. - Lehigh Valley, PA
The Broker with horse sense and no horsing around

Thank you, Carla!

A lot of times pet owners (horse owners included) don't want to leave their animals behind in an emergency situation.  These tips will help them during the chaotic times.


Mar 24, 2010 12:27 AM