Hurricane Gustav

Hurricane GustaveAs many of you have no doubt heard, Hurricane Gustave is headed towards the Gulf coast. Some information from the National Hurricane Center:

 A HURRICANE WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR THE NORTHERN GULF COAST FROM EAST OF HIGH ISLAND TEXAS EASTWARD TO THE ALABAMA-FLORIDA BORDER…INCLUDING THE CITY OF NEW ORLEANS AND LAKE PONTCHARTRAIN. A HURRICANE WATCH MEANS THAT HURRICANE CONDITIONS ARE POSSIBLE WITHIN THE WATCH AREA…GENERALLY WITHIN 36 HOURS.

A TROPICAL STORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT ALONG THE PANHANDLE COAST OF FLORIDA FROM EAST OF THE ALABAMA-FLORIDA BORDER EASTWARD TO THE OCHLOCKONEE RIVER. A TROPICAL STORM WATCH MEANS THAT TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS ARE POSSIBLE WITHIN THE WATCH AREA…GENERALLY WITHIN 36 HOURS…

MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS REMAIN NEAR 150 MPH…240 KM/HR…WITH HIGHER GUSTS. GUSTAV IS AN EXTREMELY DANGEROUS CATEGORY FOUR HURRICANE ON THE SAFFIR-SIMPSON HURRICANE SCALE… SOME FLUCTUATIONS WITH AN OVERALL SLIGHT STRENGTHENING IS FORECAST DURING THE NEXT 24 HOURS…AND GUSTAV COULD REACH CATEGORY FIVE INTENSITY DURING THIS PERIOD. GUSTAV IS FORECAST TO REMAIN A MAJOR HURRICANE THROUGH LANDFALL ALONG THE NORTHERN GULF COAST.

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There have been previous posts here about emergency preparedness for horse owners, Louisiana’s Office of Homeland Security provides this information for horse owners:

FOR HORSES

Horses must have a permanent identification, whether it be microchip, brand or lip tattoo. Owners should bring all identification papers when evacuating along with a copy of the horse’s current Coggins test record. It is extremely important to have the Coggins test record. Owners should also carry recent photographs of their horses (including identifying marks or scars) with them if forced to evacuate.

Strain said the LDAF Animal Evacuation Information Center on the LDAF Website has information on how best to prepare your animal and yourself for hurricane emergencies. The LDAF Animal Evacuation Information Center Website is located at www.ldaf.state.la.us. Others may call 1-800-558-9741 toll free or 225-925-3980 for more information.

The LSU AgCenter Web site, www.lsuagcenter.com, also has detailed information on how to prepare your livestock for emergency situations.

* http://lsuagcenter.com/en/crops_livestock/livestock/animal_health/disaster_resources/
* http://lsuagcenter.com/en/crops_livestock/livestock/animal_health/disaster_resources/Horse+Evacuation+Boarding+Facilities.htm
* http://lsuagcenter.com/en/crops_livestock/livestock/animal_health/disaster_resources/Hay+and+Feed+Suppliers+for+Livestock.htm
* http://lsuagcenter.com/en/crops_livestock/livestock/animal_health/disaster_resources/Disaster+Readiness+for+Beef+Producers.htm
* http://lsuagcenter.com/en/crops_livestock/livestock/animal_health/disaster_resources/Disaster+Preparedness+For+Horse+Producers.htm

Let’s keep the people and animals of the Gulf coast in our thoughts and prayers over the next few days.

4 Responses to Hurricane Gustav

  1. bella92290 says:

    I will say a prayer for the people and the animals of the Gulf…and I will think positive that all will work out.

  2. Hi, I have some room for horses during the hurricaine, I also have a few stalls and am capable of taking a few stallions.
    Thanks,
    Kris in Holdenville, Ok

  3. Jamie and Tracy Miller says:

    We have a 2500 acre ranch in Aubrey, Texas, and have room to keep horses during this terrible event. Please let us know if we can assist.

    Thank you
    The Millers

  4. Mocha Mom says:

    I’m very impressed by those of you who have offerred shelter to those who may have needed to evacuate their horses. Thank goodness the hurricane didn’t turn out to be as bad as predicted. I can see how a site like this can be a real service to those in need of such services. I’m going to suggest to Beth that we have a category for emergency evacuation shelters all over the country. It could list names and phone numbers of those willing to take in evacuees so that anyone who needs to evacuate can have a list of people to call to find shelter for their animals. When anyone is threatened they will be able to find a list of people to call, as long as they look before the electricity goes out.

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