With hurricane Florence making her way up the East Coast, the Maryland Department of Agriculture has put out tips to pet and livestock owners on how best to prepare for hurricane season. To read the full MDA press release, click here: http://news.maryland.gov/mda/press-release/2018/09/10/maryland-department-of-agriculture-urges-hurricane-preparedness-plans-to-include-pets-livestock/

Below are recommendations specific for farm owners to prepare for hurricanes or tornadoes that may impact our area:

  • Move all poultry and livestock to high ground and shelter them in securely battened barns, houses, or tightly fenced areas.
  • Cover and secure all water, food, and medical supplies for poultry and livestock.
  • Pump and collect adequate supplies of drinking water in case of electrical failures.
  • Top off all gasoline, propane, and other fuel tanks.
  • Check operations of all portable generators.
  • Remove or secure all loose objects that could be moved by high winds.
  • Board all glass windows and other similar items that could break from high winds or from objects being blown against them.
  • Ensure that all animal holding areas are as clean and sanitary as possible.
  • Have available portable radios, extra batteries, flashlights, and candles.
  • Follow instructions and advice given by emergency officials.
  • Notify the Maryland Department of Agriculture through MEMA or call the department’s Animal Health program at (410) 841-5971 if any agricultural assistance is needed before, during, or after the storm, including injured animals in need of veterinary assistance or deceased animals that require disposal.