Protecting your animals during Cyclone Vardah: advice for animal owners

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cyclone in india: When disaster strikes, it’s not only people who face upheaval, danger, and uncertainty. Animals are equally affected by natural disasters, and must be included in your planning and preparation.

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The Indian Center for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS) and the IMD Indian Meteorological Department bear the responsibility of sounding the alert when cyclonic storms strike the coasts of Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. A warning is issued so that people can prepare themselves and avoid or minimize the potential for damage and destruction. When the warning is issued, don’t forget to include animals in your preparations.

By including animals in your disaster planning, you ensure that fewer animals perish – but you also contribute to saving human lives. Many people depend on animals for their safety, security and wellbeing.  Additionally, proper preparation ensures that you won’t be putting your own life, and the lives of others, at risk by trying to save your animals in an emergency.

Public service announcements have been issued in many different countries, stressing the importance of planning for your animals during a crisis. The following is a summary of those that have proven helpful to others in India, the Philippines, Micronesia and Palau.

 

If you take your livestock with you:

  • Make sure you bring sufficient food and water to last 3 days
  • Pack an emergency kit that includes any identification or records for your animals, contact numbers, and first aid supplies.

If you must leave your livestock behind:

  • Move your animals to higher ground.

 

  • Make sure they have enough food and clean water to last 3 days.
  • Make sure they have access to some type of natural or man-made shelter
  • Do not leave your animals tied-up. Give them a chance to escape from flooding so that they have a chance of survival if the waters rise.
  • Make sure there is plenty of fresh water available when the flood waters have receded.
  • It is always a good idea to do a thorough inspection of your fencing after any absence to check that it is solid and secure.

 

If you have pets:

  • Gather a 3-day supply of your pet’s regular food and place it an airtight and waterproof container. Include a can opener if necessary. Ensure that the food is non-perishable (cans or dry food only).
  • When preparing your own water supply, remember your pet. You need to include enough water to last your pet for 3 days, and pets can drink much more water when they are stressed or confused. You may also need additional water to clean up after your pet.
  • If your pet requires daily medicines or supplements, make sure to store these in an airtight and waterproof container.
  • Be prepared. Put all of your pet’s veterinary records (including all vaccinations) in a waterproof container and keep it with your other pet supplies. Make sure the information includes your veterinarian’s contact information. You will need this in the event that you have to shelter or foster your pet during a disaster.
  • Include a first-aid kit. Your pet may require flea and tick medications, ear-drops, eye-wash, antibiotic cream or other ointments and medications. Your vet will be able to give you more detailed advice, tailored to the specific needs of your pet.

 

When it comes to protecting your animals in times of emergency, preparation is the key.  Their needs should be included in all of your planning, whether they be livestock or pets. Their chances of surviving a disaster is entirely dependent on you taking appropriate measures to ensure their safety.

 

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