As Hurricane Ida approaches the state, the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) urges residents to continue storm preparations for themselves and their animals.
“There’s still time to move your livestock to higher ground or prepare to take care of your pet during a storm,” Strain said. “Pet owners, if you have to evacuate with your family, I urge you to take your pet with you because leaving your pet alone at home puts your pet in great danger. “
Identify pet shelters in the area where you plan to evacuate. Locate pet-friendly hotels along your evacuation route and keep a list in your pet’s emergency kit. Here are several resources: www.petswelcome.com , www.travelpets.com , www.dogfriendly.com , Where www.pettravel.com .
It is illegal to leave a dog or cat tethered or tethered outdoors in extreme weather conditions during a declared emergency (RS 3: 2362).
Livestock owners who need assistance should call their local parish emergency preparedness (OEP) office. For more information on pet disaster, contact your local animal control service and / or OEP.
The LDAF is designated by the Louisiana Homeland Security and Emergency Assistance and Disaster Act to assist in the evacuation and sheltering of pets for evacuated citizens who go to shelters during declared emergencies.
For more information on emergency preparedness for livestock and pets, visit www.LDAF.la.gov. For more information on how to prepare your family or business, go to www.getagameplan.org.
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