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Emergency Preparation & Response

TAHC and USDA plan, collaborate, and coordinate with the states’ animal health-related agencies, agriculture industries, and other related agencies and parties. TAHC and USDA work to prevent and respond to foreign animal disease outbreaks, dangerous parasite or pest infestations, and bioterrorism. The agencies are ready to assist in response and recovery during natural or man-made catastrophes, including fires, floods, and hurricanes, in accordance with the FEMA Emergency Response Plan and/or the State of Texas Emergency plan in the following areas:

  • Animal ownership identification
  • Livestock restraint/capture
  • Carcass disposal
  • Coordinating livestock evacuation
  • Consulting on animal health and public health concerns
  • Chemical/biological terrorism issues

Severe Weather: How You Can Prepare

Tornadoes and flooding can occur anywhere with little or no warning. Severe weather has the potential to cause catastrophic loss of life and property, financial, and environment damage to local communities. Animals may be displaced and need temporary sheltering, housing feeding, and care. They may also be injured or diseased and need veterinary attention. Prepare now to protect your livestock and pets during severe weather.

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Extreme Heat: How You Can Prepare

The Texas summers can get hot and with proper preperation your animals can keep cool and hydrated during the summer months.

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Winter Weather: How You Can Prepare

Winter storms and cold weather can impact animal health as well as human health. Winter storms can be stressful to livestock. Wind chills and prolonged cold increases their need for shelter, food and water. Prepare now to protect your livestock and pets during winter storms.

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