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State Vet Dr. Rod Hall Advises Livestock Owners to Take Caution as Severe Weather Approaches

Mon, 20 May 2019 12:44:30 CDT

State Vet Dr. Rod Hall Advises Livestock Owners to Take Caution as Severe Weather Approaches The following is an open letter from State Veterinarian Rod Hall regarding today's severe weather and its potential impact on livestock. Dr. Hall offers his advice about how to best prepare and action to take to minimize your livestock's risk of harm.

Please be aware that there is a high potential for severe weather including strong tornados today into tomorrow. In addition to large hail, damaging winds, and tornados parts of the state are expecting up to 7 or 8 inches of rain.

Please make sure that you have a plan for you and your family. Advise clients, family, friends, and stakeholders to be aware. If you have or know people who have livestock in low lying areas that are susceptible to flooding advise them to get them to high ground now and donít wait until the water begins rising. Advise clients with pets to know what they will do with the pet in case they have to find shelter. Being prepared can make the difference between life and death.

Please be aware that there is the possibility that pet shelters and/or livestock shelters may have to be set up due to tornado damage or flooding. Consider making yourself available to assist in working in a shelter. If youíre already credentialed through Oklahoma Medical Reserve Corps make sure your contact information is up to date so you can get notices. If you are not a member of OMRC itís too late to get credentialed for this weather event but you can begin the process to be ready for the next one. We need more veterinarians, technicians, and lay people to be part of this important program.

Good luck and be safe.

Rod Hall, DVM
State Veterinarian
Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food & Forestry



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