Hurricane Preparedness for Alpaca Owners
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Hurricane season begins around June 1 and ends around November 30. The most important thing that one can do to lessen the impact of any disaster is to be prepared. Even with modern technology, it is almost impossible to know more than a week out if a hurricane is heading your way, so it is especially important for people who live in coastal areas to start making preparations well in advance.
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service experts have produced videos and publications to help ranchers/livestock owners prepare for a hurricane. Preparedness publications are available through the Texas Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN) website at http://texashelp.tamu.edu. Several videos are available including Hurricane Preparedness for Livestock Owners, parts 1 and 2. Video 1 can be found at http://bit.ly/2q6PLy7. Video 2 can be found at http://bit.ly/2pBkQqq .
The AgriLife Extension publication Hurricane Preparedness for Livestock Producers by Dr. Joe Paschal, AgriLife Extension livestock specialist, is also available on the Texas EDEN site. This guide shows how to help protect livestock from injury should a hurricane occur and briefly covers vaccinations, barn preparation, livestock evacuations, feed and hay, and water storage.
The following website can provide addition information and tips on hurricane preparedness: Federal Emergency Management Agency http://www.fema.gov