DOVER – With hurricane season about to begin, Delaware agricultural authorities are urging farmers and pet owners to plan ahead and prepare for weather emergencies. Hurricane Preparedness Week runs from May 27 to June 2.
“The time to be ready is now, before storms create disaster conditions,” said Secretary of Agriculture Ed Kee. “We have been relatively lucky in recent years, but preparedness is better than relying on luck.”
The Department of Agriculture’s Delaware Animal Response staff coordinates and directs animal emergency response and evacuation activities in the state.
“In the past, we have seen animals injured and even killed during storm situations,” said State Veterinarian Dr. Heather Hirst, whose Poultry and Animal Health Section includes the DAR program. “Buildings can collapse in high winds and trap livestock, and flooding can contaminate feed with moisture and mold.”
The Department of Agriculture recommends that animal owners take the following precautions:
Livestock and small flock owners
The Delmarva Poultry Industry, Inc., recommends that commercial poultry growers take steps that include the following:
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