Livestock Considerations

Things to Consider

  • Determine and map primary and alternate evacuation routes and temporary boarding sites or livestock holding facilities in advance.
  • Horse owners should ensure that a halter and lead line for each horse is kept on or near its enclosure gate and owners of any livestock should post emergency contact information in a conspicuous place where such animals are situated.
  • Make arrangements to ensure that suitable vehicles, trailers, handlers, and drivers are available to transport livestock. Facilitate the evacuation of these animals by getting them familiar with transport vehicles ahead of time.
  • Ensure that horses and other companion animals have microchip identification, and that all animals have some identification.
  • If evacuation is prudent, do it earlier rather than later. Disaster related weather, visibility, and/or road conditions could present additional challenges to transporting livestock.
  • If large animals cannot be evacuated, determine whether they can be moved to available shelter or allowed to remain in an outside enclosure, based on the level and type of disaster and the reliability and location of the shelter or enclosure.