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Potential flooding on the way
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Posted on 2/12/2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEContact: Cecily Fong
February 12, 2009701-328-8100


Bismarck, ND - With potential flooding this spring, now is the time to assess flood risk and make preparations for pets and livestock.

"Because it is likely we will experience some flooding this spring, it is important for people with pets or livestock to make plans for their safety," said Greg Wilz, Director of ND Homeland Security. "People with pets who need to evacuate should identify a hotel or a motel that is pet friendly and people with livestock should make transportation arrangements in advance."

For pets:

  • Never leave pets behind-they may not survive or may get lost before you return.

  • Organize a pet emergency kit that includes food, water, medications, current vet records, litter box, can opener, food dish and any other supplies your pet may need. Remember, boarding facilities will not take a pet unless you can prove vaccinations are current including kennel cough for dogs.

  • Make sure your pet has identification tags fastened to the collar. A current photo of your pet will assist identification should it become necessary.
For livestock:

  • Evacuate animals when possible in a flood event. Plan your routes and destination well in advance.

  • Ensure vehicles, trailers and the people needed to load, transport, and unload your animals are available.

  • Develop a plan to transport and store adequate feed, water, veterinary care and handling equipment.
For more information about shelters, please contact your local emergency manager or the ND Department of Emergency Services at 800-472-2121 or nddes@nd.gov.

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