Preparing for Hurricane Sandy: Well Wishes to our East Coast Community
October 26, 2012- Most of us remember the ferocity of Hurricane Irene last year, and some are still rebuilding. Now the east coast and part of the Midwest is preparing for Hurricane Sandy this time, as it is well on it’s way through the Atlantic. Virginia and Maryland have already issued a state of emergency for their states, and there is a possibility of more to follow.
According to an article from The New York Times, “the storm is expected to come ashore early Tuesday, somewhere between Virginia and southern New England, with landfall most likely in the Delmarva Peninsula or southern New Jersey. Hurricane Sandy is then on track to head toward southeastern and central Pennsylvania before moving north into upstate New York, the latest analysis from the National Hurricane Center shows.” You can read the rest of that article here. The storm is reporting to send Ohio and West Virginia with a foot of snow, and some areas with 10 inches of rain and tropical storm force winds.
We urge our readers and community to pack up supplies for themselves and their horses (and dogs and cats and various barn life). Be sure to have clean drinking water, and plenty of non perishable foods. Move to high ground if possible, and find safe places for livestock and horses. We have compiled a list of things that officials are urging agricultural facilities to do to prepare from the state of Vermont’s website:
- Anticipate power outages. Check to see that your generator is in good working order. Consider purchasing a generator if you currently don’t have one.
- In the event you require a generator for emergency agricultural purposes (i.e. milking cows, cooling milk tanks, poultry house ventilation), contact your Town Officials. Make sure your house or barn has been wired such that a generator could be connected and that you have a transfer switch or other isolated means to connect to the generator.
- Charge batteries on cell phones and cameras.
- Check feed inventory and order extra if needed. Move feed, including round bales to higher ground, or to a more accessible place in case of flooding or transportation problems.
- Determine the best places for livestock on your property, where they have the best chance of being free from flying debris, heavy winds and rain. This may mean moving livestock and poultry to higher ground if possible or sheltering them in securely battened barns, houses or tightly fenced areas.
- Secure or remove items or equipment that could become blowing debris.
Always prepare for more than you think you will need! You never know when a friend or neighbor may be in need of some extra help.
PleasureHorse.com wants to extend our wishes of safety and hopes that everything will turn out well for our east coast community.