PHILIPSBURG–Livestock owners are urged by the Office of Disaster Management to review their plans to secure livestock in the event of a storm/hurricane strike.
ODM said owners should make sure their animal holding areas and other infrastructure can sustain a storm strike. Also, any loose material not in use should be securely fastened to avoid damage to property and endangering human lives in the passing of a storm.
Owners should take into consideration that they should not keep cattle in a barn or stable structure; this is to prevent injury from flying debris. If the barn/stable collapses, cattle have no chance to save themselves, said ODM in a press statement.
Owners are advised to relocate livestock to a predetermined safe area and ensure that they have access to hay, pasture, clean water, and a safe area or high ground above flood levels.
Chicken coops should be reinforced now, if not done in advance of the annual Atlantic Hurricane Season.
Medical supplies and a first aid kit should be kept on hand as well as drinking water and feed for a number of days.
Source: The Daily Herald https://www.thedailyherald.sx/islands/68236-livestock-owners-advised-to-review-animal-security-plans