Articles: Press Release
TAHC Hurricane Ike Update 9-13-08
Texas Animal Health Commission
Box l2966 * Austin, Texas 78711 * (800) 550-8242 * FAX (512) 719-0719
Bob Hillman, DVM * Executive Director
For info, contact Carla Everett, information officer, at 1-800-550-8242,
ext. 710, or email@example.com
The Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) and the Texas State Animal
Resource Team (TXSART) continue to address animal issues resulting
from Hurricane Ike. An Area Command was established in the TAHC
headquarters Thursday, and can be reached at 800-550-8242, ext.
296. The TAHC Area Command coordinates with the State Operations
Center at the Governor's Division of Emergency Management through
agency personnel assigned to the SOC.
TAHC staff members in the path of Hurricane Ike have checked in, and
are either continuing to work with their disaster district
committees, or are prepared to deploy with the state's incident
management teams to assess damage and begin response. TAHC Area
Command has pre-staged field personnel from unaffected parts of the
state in safe areas and will deploy these personnel to areas where
the need is most critical when the SOC authorizes entry for
assessment and response.
Sheltering numbers are still being tallied, but as an example, in
Brazos County, the large animal shelter has 161 horses, three cattle
and four pigs; while the small animal shelter contains 173 dogs, 93
cats and 16 exotics. In addition to pre-designated shelters, the
TAHC has received numerous offers of sheltering space from livestock
owners with pasture or barn space and from the Cedar Valley College's
Veterinary Technology program. With their permission, this
information has been forwarded to the 2-1-1 operators, who are
providing evacuees with human and animal sheltering information.
Prior to the hurricane strike, the TAHC contacted industry
representatives and the private practice veterinary clinics in 21
counties, to assess potential post-storm needs that might arise, and
to alert the veterinarians of possible assistance that could be
available through TAHC and TXSART. The TAHC has requested
practitioners to report in when possible on conditions
post-storm. The Texas Veterinary Medical Association (TVMA) has
pre-staged a limited number of generators which can be deployed to
veterinarians with critical needs.
The TXSART is working the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA)
Animal Care representative is to acquire and coordinate the
assistance of trained personnel from Florida and some animal care
organizations to assist with both large and small animal issues. The
TAHC also has sourced pet cages from Louisiana to augment local
Updates will be provided as new information becomes available and
assessment teams are able to report damages and needs for assistance.