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posted by Horse Owner Today    |   June 26, 2012 12:39

Photos courtesy of Mitzy Tait-Zeller, Swift Current Saskatchewan

 

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TORNADOES AND YOUR PETS

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   June 26, 2012 12:18

 

 


Natural Disasters
Tornado situations will often produce anxiety, fear and a need to escape for some pets. Debris displaced by high winds, can cause injury to animals left outdoors. Take preparedness
measures to protect and care for your pet during tornadoes.
Preparing Pets for Tornadoes
• Create an emergency supply kit for your pet, should you need to evacuate your home due to heavy destruction.
□□A 3-5 day supply of food and water for your pet, bowls and a non-electric can opener.
□□Sanitation items, such as a litter box or puppy pads, and disposal equipment.
□□Crates to provide the animal with a secure and safe hiding spot; make sure that the crate is clearly labeled.
□□Leash and collar should you need to transport your pet, carrier for cats.
□□Any medications for pets and all medical records for them as well.
• Identification.
□□All animals should have some sort of identification
(collar with tag, microchip).
□□Take a photo of your pet and keep it with the
medical records.
• Prepare to seek shelter.
□□Practice getting the entire family, including pets, to the tornado safe area during calm weather.
□□Train your dog to go to the area on command or to come to you on command regardless of distractions.
□□Learn how to quickly and safely secure your cat.
□□Know the hiding places of your pet and how to quickly and safely gather your pet.
During a Tornado
• Pet safety.
□□Bring pets indoor well in advance of a storm.
□□NEVER leave pets tied up outside.
□□If they are frightened, reassure them and remain calm.
□□Pets should be provided the same cover as humans during severe weather.
• Put all pets in cages or carriers and in the safe room when a tornado warning is issued.
□□Animals can sense bad weather and will look for a place to hide if they sense it is near.
• NEVER leave your pet chained outside or enclosed in a manner in which they cannot escape danger.
After a Tornado
• Pet behavior.
□□Be aware that a pet’s behavior may change before, during and after a disaster.
□□In the first few hours after the storm, leash your pets when they go outside until they readjust to the situation.
□□Familiar scents and landmarks may be altered and your pet may become confused and lost.
• Pet safety.
□□Keep your pet away from storm damaged areas.
□□Power lines could be down and dangerous objects will be littered about everywhere.
• Lost pets.
□□If pets cannot be found after a disaster, contact the local animal control office.
□□Bring along a picture of your pet, if possible.
Development of this educational material was by the Center for Food Security and Public Health with funding from the Multi-State Partnership for Security in Agriculture MOU-2010-HSEMD-004. June 2010.

http://www.prep4agthreats.org/Assets/Factsheets/Tornadoes-and-Your-Pets.pdf

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TORNADOES AND YOUR LIVESTOCK

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   June 26, 2012 12:00

 

June 26, 2012 Dundurn Saskatchewan 12:00


Natural Disasters
Livestock can become injured, displaced or die during tornado situations. Protecting your livestock from tornados involves the following measures.
Before a Severe Storm
• Maintain an inventory.
□□Keep a current list of all animals on your farm; include their location and any records of ownership.
• Have identification for all animals.
□□Make sure animals have some form of permanent
identification (e.g., ear tags, tattoos).
• Have an emergency plan.
□□Tornadoes can cause structural damage and
power outages.
□□Have well maintained backup generators or alternate power sources for livestock production operations.
□□In the event of animal escape, have handling equipment (e.g., halters, nose leads) and safety and emergency items for your vehicles and trailers.
• Ensure a safe environment.
□□Assess the stability and safety of barns and
other structures.
□□Remove loose objects from fields or livestock areas that may become potential flying debris.
During a Severe Storm
• Be aware animal behavior may change before, during and even after a disaster.
• Livestock sense tornadoes in advance.
□□If your family or house is at risk, ignore livestock.
□□If your personal security isn’t threatened, you may only have time to open routes of escape for your livestock.
• Livestock safety.
□□If possible, bring animals into a barn or shelter well in advance of a storm.
□□Make sure they have plenty of food and water.
□□Keep them away from areas with windows.
□□NEVER leave animals tied up or restrained outside.
After a Severe Storm
• Assess your animals and building structures.
□□Survey damage to your barns and other structures;
assess the stability and safety.
□□Examine your animals closely; contact your veterinarian if you observe injuries.
• Cleanup safely.
□□Gather and dispose of trash, limbs, wire, and damaged equipment that could harm livestock.
• Provide non-contaminated feed or water.
□□Provide clean, uncontaminated water.
□□Do not use any feed or forage that may have been contaminated by chemical or pesticides.
• Animal disposal.
□□Record any animal deaths.
□□Dispose of dead carcasses.
□□Check with your state or local authorities for proper disposal methods for animal carcasses.
Development of this educational material was by the Center for Food Security and Public Health with funding from the Multi-State Partnership for Security in Agriculture MOU-2010-HSEMD-004. June 2010.

http://www.prep4agthreats.org/Assets/Factsheets/Tornadoes-and-Your-Livestock.pdf

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Tornado

Tornadoes: Being Prepared

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   June 16, 2012 07:59


Stay Tuned for Storm Watches and Warnings

When there are thunderstorms in your area, turn on your radio or TV to get the latest emergency information from local authorities. Listen for announcements of a tornado watch or tornado warning.
Local Warning System

Photo of tornado warning system.Learn about the tornado warning system of your county or locality. Most tornado-prone areas have a siren system. Know how to distinguish between the siren's warnings for a tornado watch and a tornado warning.

A tornado watch is issued when weather conditions favor the formation of tornadoes, for example, during a severe thunderstorm.

During a tornado watch,

    Stay tuned to local radio and TV stations or a National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radio for further weather information.

    Watch the weather and be prepared to take shelter immediately if conditions worsen.

A tornado warning is issued when a tornado funnel is sighted or indicated by weather radar.

You should take shelter immediately.
Thunderstorms

Because tornadoes often accompany thunderstorms, pay close attention to changing weather conditions when there is a severe thunderstorm watch or warning.

A severe thunderstorm watch means severe thunderstorms are possible in your area.

A severe thunderstorm warning means severe thunderstorms are occurring in your area.

Keep fresh batteries and a battery-powered radio or TV on hand. Electrical power is often interrupted during thunderstorms--just when information about weather warnings is most needed.
Important Measures To Take

    Photo of floor plan.Take a few minutes with your family to develop a tornado emergency plan. Sketch a floor plan of where you live, or walk through each room and discuss where and how to seek shelter.

    Show a second way to exit from each room or area. If you need special equipment, such as a rope ladder, mark where it is located.

    Make sure everyone understands the siren warning system, if there's such a system in your area.

    Mark where your first-aid kit and fire extinguishers are located.

    Mark where the utility switches or valves are located so they can be turned off--if time permits--in an emergency.

    Teach your family how to administer basic first aid, how to use a fire extinguisher, and how and when to turn off water, gas, and electricity in your home.

    Learn the emergency dismissal policy for your child's school.

    Make sure your children know--
        What a tornado is
        What tornado watches and warnings are
        What county or parish they live in (warnings are issued by county or parish)
        How to take shelter, whether at home or at school.

Extra Measures for People with Special Needs

    Write down your specific needs, limitations, capabilities, and medications. Keep this list near you always--perhaps in your purse or wallet.

    Find someone nearby (a spouse, roommate, friend, neighbor, relative, or co-worker) who will agree to assist you in case of an emergency. Give him or her a copy of your list. You may also want to provide a spare key to your home, or directions to find a key.

    Keep aware of weather conditions through whatever means are accessible to you. Some options are closed captioning or scrolled warnings on TV, radio bulletins, or call-in weather information lines.

Practicing Your Emergency Plan

Conduct drills and ask questions to make sure your family remembers information on tornado safety, particularly how to recognize hazardous weather conditions and how to take shelter.
Writing Down Important Information

A blank form is provided for you to write down important names and numbers.

Make a list of important information. Include these on your list:

    Important telephone numbers, such as emergency (police and fire), paramedics, and medical centers.

    Names, addresses, and telephone numbers of your insurance agents, including policy types and numbers.

    Telephone numbers of the electric, gas, and water companies.

    Names and telephone numbers of neighbors.

    Name and telephone number of your landlord or property manager.

    Important medical information (for example, allergies, regular medications, and brief medical history).

    Year, model, license, and identification numbers of your vehicles (automobiles, boats, and RVs).

    Bank's or credit union's telephone number, and your account numbers.

    Radio and television broadcast stations to tune to for emergency broadcast information.

Storing Important Documents

Store the following documents in a fire- and water-proof safe:

    Birth certificates
    Ownership certificates (autos, boats, etc.)
    Social security cards
    Insurance policies
    Will
    Household inventory
        List of contents of household; include serial numbers, if applicable
        Photographs or videotape of contents of every room
        Photographs of items of high values, such as jewelry, paintings, collection items

First Aid Supplies

 
First Aid Kit
Store your first aid supplies in a tool box or fishing tackle box so they will be easy to carry and be protected from water. Inspect your kit regularly and keep it freshly stocked.

Drugs and Medications

    Soap and clean water to disinfect wounds
    Antibiotic ointment
    Individually wrapped alcohol swabs
    Aspirin and non-aspirin tablets
    Prescriptions and any long-term medications (keep these current)
    Diarrhea medicine
    Eye drops

NOTE: Important medical information and most prescriptions can be stored in the refrigerator, which provides excellent protection from fires.

Dressings

    Band-aids
    Clean sheets torn into strips
    Elastic bandages
    Rolled gauze
    Cotton-tipped swabs
    Adhesive tape roll

Other First Aid Supplies

    First aid book
    Writing materials
    Scissors
    Tweezers
    Thermometer
    Bar soap
    Tissues
    Sunscreen
    Paper cups
    Plastic bags
    Safety pins
    Needle and thread
    Instant cold packs for sprains
    Sanitary napkins
    Pocket knife
    Splinting material

Reducing Household Hazards

 
Home Inspection Checklist
The following suggestions will reduce the risk for injury during or after a tornado. No amount of preparation will eliminate every risk.

Possible Hazards

Inspect your home for possible hazards, including the following:

    Are walls securely bolted to the foundation?

    Are wall studs attached to the roof rafters with metal hurricane clips, not nails?

Utilities

    Do you know where and how to shut off utilities at the main switches or valves?

Home Contents

    Are chairs or beds near windows, mirrors, or large pictures?

    Are heavy items stored on shelves more than 30" high?

    Are there large, unsecured items that might topple over or fall?

    Are poisons, solvents, or toxic materials stored safely ?

Securing Your Home's Structure

No home is completely safe in a tornado. However, attention to construction details can reduce damage and provide better protection for you and your family if a tornado should strike your house. If an inspection using the "Home Inspection Checklist" reveals a possible hazard in the way your home is constructed, contact your local city or county building inspectors for more information about structural safety. They may also offer suggestions on finding a qualified contractor to do any needed work for you.
Walls and Roof Rafters

Strengthen the areas of connection between the wall studs and roof rafters with hurricane clips as shown in the above graphic.
Shutting Off Utilities
Gas

After a tornado, DO NOT USE matches, lighters, or appliances, or operate light switches until you are sure there are no gas leaks. Sparks from electrical switches could ignite gas and cause an explosion.

If you smell the odor of gas or if you notice a large consumption of gas being registered on the gas meter, shut off the gas immediately. First, find the main shut-off valve located on a pipe next to the gas meter. Use an adjustable wrench to turn the valve to the "off" position.
Electricity

After a major disaster, shut off the electricity. Sparks from electrical switches could ignite leaking gas and cause an explosion.
Water

    Water may be turned off at either of two locations:

        At the main meter, which controls the water flow to the entire property.

        At the water main leading into the home. If you may need an emergency source of fresh water, it is better to shut off your water here, because it will conserve the water in your water heater.
    Attach a valve wrench to the water line. (This tool can be purchased at most hardware stores.)

    Label the water mains for quick identification.

Arranging and Securing Household Items

    Arrange furniture so that chairs and beds are away from windows, mirrors, and picture frames.

    Place heavy or large items on lower shelves.

    Secure your large appliances, especially your water heater, with flexible cable, braided wire, or metal strapping.

    Identify top-heavy, free-standing furniture, such as bookcases and china cabinets, that could topple over.

    Secure your furniture by using one of two methods.

        "L" brackets, corner brackets, or aluminum molding, to attach tall or top-heavy furniture to the wall.

        Eyebolts, to secure items located a short distance from the wall.

    Install sliding bolts or childproof latches on all cabinet doors.

    Store all hazardous materials such as poisons and solvents--
        in a sturdy, latched or locked cabinet
        in a well-ventilated area
        away from emergency food or water supplies


http://emergency.cdc.gov/disasters/tornadoes/prepared.asp

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