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