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Taking Precautions for Protecting Livestock
Be prepared in the event of an emergency
From : The Humane Society of the United States
The following is a list of suggestions we recommend to help keep your livestock safe during an emergency.
Make a disaster plan to protect your property, your facilities, and your animals. Create a list of emergency telephone numbers, including those of your employees, neighbors, veterinarian, state veterinarian, poison control, local animal shelter, animal care and control, county extension service, local agricultural schools, trailering resources, and local volunteers.
Include a contact person outside the disaster area. Make sure all this information is written down and that everyone has a copy.
Make sure every animal has durable and visible identification.
Ensure that poultry have access to high areas in which to perch, if they are in a flood-prone area, as well as to food and clean water.
Make a disaster plan to protect your property, your facilities, and your animals.
Reinforce your house, barn, and outbuildings with hurricane straps and other measures. Perform regular safety checks on all utilities, buildings, and facilities on your farm.
Use only native and deep-rooted plants and trees in landscaping (non-native plants are less durable and hardy in your climate and may become dislodged by high winds or broken by ice and snow).
Remove all barbed wire, and consider rerouting permanent fencing so that animals may move to high ground in a flood and to low-lying areas during high winds.
Install a hand pump and obtain enough large containers to water your animals for at least a week (municipal water supplies and wells are often contaminated during a disaster).
Identify alternate water and power sources. A generator with a safely stored supply of fuel may be essential, especially if you have electrical equipment necessary to the well being of your animals.
Secure or remove anything that could become blowing debris; make a habit of securing trailers, propane tanks, and other large objects. If you have boats, feed troughs, or other large containers, fill them with water before any high wind event. This prevents them from blowing around and also gives you an additional supply of water.
If you use heat lamps or other electrical machinery, make sure the wiring is safe and that any heat source is clear of flammable debris.
Label hazardous materials and place them all in the same safe area. Provide local fire and rescue and emergency management authorities with information about the location of any hazardous materials on your property.
Remove old buried trash—a potential source of hazardous materials during flooding that may leech into crops, feed supplies, water sources, and pasture.
Review and update your disaster plan, supplies, and information regularly.
Joey Cooper, WEMA Director prvides the WCDART Team with 2way Radios! Captain Daniel Cowan programmed and gave an inservice on the Radios. The Team appreciates these Radios so much! Often disaster sites do not have cell service, making communication out in the field difficult. Now the Team can communicate more efficiently coordinating disaster response efforts. Thank you Director Cooper and Captain Cowan! They will be used at every training, deployment and events!
Happy New Year! What a great way to start off your 2018…. Attend the WC DART Orientation Meeting Thursday, January 18, 2018, 6:30 pm at the WEMA Training Center, 115 Oak Street, Lebanon Tn. New volunteers and Seasoned Team Members are welcome to attend.
All you need is a love for animals and all the Training is provided! New volunteers, see what WC DART is all about, try it, you can do it!
WC DART Team member requirements: Must be 18 years old or accompanied by a parent. * Attend at least 4 Training Meetings annually * Must be Trustworthy, Dependable and have Integrity.
RSVP at: email@example.com
Sunday, December 3, 2017 is WC DART’s Christmas Party ! The Team is celebrating the end of a very active Dart Season at Los Compadres Mexican Restaurant on HWY 231 in Lebanon Tn. The fun starts with Dart-tails at 5:30 and Dinner at 6:00pm….there is a Dirty Santa Gift Exchange ($15 limit).
Gifts, Cash and Gift Cards will be accepted for our Special Friend and her family in Rockport Texas. This year we adopted a family who lost everything during Hurricane Harvey. The Team worked with her on deployment and got to know and care about her, seeing first hand what she and her family have gone through, now back together, we want to help make their Christmas a little more special!
🎄Please RSVP to reserve your seat at the Table! Friends, Family and New Volunteers welcome!
WC DART is heading to Nashville. Our friends at New Leash on Life needed manpower assistance working at a Concession Stand Fundraiser at the Titans vs Ravens Game. Thank you to all the volunteers helping NLOL today!
The WC DART Team was deployed to Rockport TX by a request from The Humane Society of the United States. The Team got the word to head out on 9/4/17 and departed WEMA Headquarters at 10:31 am, with the AKC Reunite WCDART Trailer in tow. CJ and Shea Hutsenpiller, Paula Applegate, Jo Jarvis, Myla Snyder and Julie Hutchison, WCDART Coordinator joined The HSUS already on the ground in Rockport,Tx
The WCDART Team assisted with Sheltering Operations, assisted in the Texas A&M Vet Clinic, went out in the city and surrounding counties searching for animals running at large, set up feeding stations, passed out dog food,cat food, bottled water and Gatorade and Resource phone numbers to assist the residents with available assistance.
Thursday August 10, 2017 WC DART members: Kim Bradley, Claudia Richardson, Nina Ground, Paula Applegate and Julie Hutchison spoke to the Eastern Star about WC DART’s deployments and disaster response. We had a fabulous meeting with fellowship and good conversation. They surprised us with a gift basket of much needed dog/cat toys and support! Thank you Eastern Star!
Lebanon’s Chapter of the Eastern Star, Rose Croix #95. Claudia Richardson, Photographer.
Thank you to the Seasoned Volunteers along with the New Volunteers and Instructors who spent the day Training with WC DART. The Day started off with K9 CPR and First Aid, Lora Holcomb WC DART Companion Animal Coordinator and Instructor put on an outstanding class! Kim Bradley, Equine/ Livestock Coordinator, taught Equine Handling and the Horse Rescue Sling Demo. Some volunteers unfamiliar with horses got to apply halters and lead Roy, WC DART Volunteer Equine Member. Kim also demonstrated the Horse Rescue Sling.
Guest Instructor Constable Tom Dallas, Lafayette AC, + , taught Search and Rescue/Tracking/ Compass Navigation and Water Safety and Rescue Techniques! What a fun filled day to learn a lot of rescue and response techniques! Thank you Tom and Leigh for joining WC DART’s Training Day!
The WC DART AKC Reunite Trailers were on site for equipment use and display.