Preparing for a disaster – Are you ready?

Preparing people, pets, livestock and horses for a natural disaster.

Beef cattle grazing in a pasture. Photo taken 11-01-16. UF Photo Database

If you have listened to the radio, watched television or visited social media within the last week, you are well aware of the damage inflicted by Hurricane Harvey.  Did it make you think about what would happen if this happened to the area where you live?  Living in Florida is reason enough to consider the possibility, whether you live in a coastal area or inland.

A second hurricane, Hurricane Irma is approaching Florida now and is currently a Category 5 hurricane with potentially life threatening wind, storm surge and rain. Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam is urging Floridians to be prepared. He states that, “It’s still too early to determine what impacts Hurricane Irma will have on Florida, but it’s never too early to prepare.”

The best way to get through a disaster is to be prepared.  Taking simple steps to ensure the safety of you, your family, your pets, livestock and horses can go a long way toward heading off potential loss and heartache.

Be prepared by putting together a disaster supply kit  and develop a plan.

A basic disaster supply kit for people and pets includes:

Water – at least 1 gallon daily per person for 3 to 7 days

Food – at least enough for 3 to 7 days

  • non-perishable packaged or canned food / juices
  • foods for infants or the elderly
  • snack foods
  • non-electric can opener
  • cooking tools / fuel
  • paper plates / plastic utensils

Pet care items:

  • proper identification / immunization records
  • ample supply of food and water
  • a carrier or cage
  • medications
  • muzzle and leash

Basic First Aid Kit for Livestock and Horses

  • Handling equipment such as halters, cages, and appropriate tools for each kind of animal.
  • Water, feed, and buckets.
  • Tools and supplies needed for sanitation.
  • Disaster equipment such as a cell phone, flashlights, portable radios, and batteries.
  • Other safety and emergency items for your vehicles and trailers.
  • Food, water, and disaster supplies for your family.

For more detailed information visit the Jackson County 4-H Webpage .

Links to information on Florida disaster preparedness:



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