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Tropical Storm Beta

Information last updated: 09-19-2020

As the state prepares for Tropical Storm Beta to bring heavy rains and flooding to the Rio Grande Valley and the Coastal Bend area this week, the Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) encourages animal owners to take the necessary precautions to protect their animals and themselves from anticipated heavy rain and potential flash flooding.

Please visit the National Hurricane Center website for current storm updates. Please heed all local orders and take shelter as directed. Never attempt to cross flooded roadways. Find the latest information on local evacuation orders and preparedness at https://gov.texas.gov/hurricane.

BEFORE THE STORM

Make a plan. Be prepared. Be ready.

  • Put together an emergency supply to go kit for you, your livestock, and your companion animals.
  • Know flood risks in your area.
  • Know your evacuation routes.
  • Maintain an inventory of your animals and livestock.
  • Have identification for all pets and livestock (ear tags, tattoos, brands, collar ID, microchips, etc.).
  • Be aware animal behavior may change before, during and even after a disaster. Take precautions.

DURING THE STORM

Stay safe. Heed all local orders.

When severe weather threatens, remain vigilant and closely monitor weather conditions. Heed all local orders and take shelter as directed.

  • Follow weather alerts.
  • Stay safe during a hurricane.
  • Stay safe when a flood threatens.
  • Be aware animal behavior may change before, during and even after a disaster. Take precautions.
  • Call 2-1-1 for animal and human shelter options.
  • AVOID leaving animals behind. If you must evacuate, take your animals with you.
  • Be extremely cautious of any water on roads or in creeks, streams, storm drains, or other areas. Remember, turn around don't drown.

AFTER THE STORM

Listen to local officials for information and special instructions.

  • Call 2-1-1 for animal and human shelter options.
  • drivetexas.gov for flooded roads and conditions.
  • Guidance for returning home after a hurricane.
  • If you come across stray livestock or down fences, contact your local sheriff’s department.
  • If your animal needs medical assistance, contact your local veterinarian.
  • If you come across stray pets, contact your local animal control.
  • If you find a stray animal carcass on your property, contact your local EOC, http://www.tdms.org/county.aspx.
  • Return animals only after the threat has passed and the safety of buildings or the area has been assessed.
  • Provide non-contaminated feed or water.
  • Prevent Illness - Flooding Animal Health Concerns.

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