Planning needed for livestock in case of a fire

Posted at: 05/31/2013 6:44 PM
By: Nikki Ibarra, KOB Eyewitness News 4

With fire season in full swing in New Mexico, it’s important that people with livestock are just as prepared. KOB Eyewitness News 4 found out Friday that a lot of owners aren’t ready.

These are the days New Mexicans fear, really dry or really windy.

“Preparation before is always, always essential,” said Vicki Voyles with the Community Emergency Response Team or so-called CERT.

That's because fire season has already begun, Voyles said.

As of Friday evening, two fires are burning in New Mexico.

While families might know what to do in case of an evacuation, don’t forget about your animals.

Voyles had some tips owners need to know.

Tip #1:

“Have a horse trailer hooked up to a truck already,” said Voyles. "Make sure to have enough trailers for all of your animals, and make sure your animals are used to those trailers. Make sure that you’ve been loading your animals in and out of the trailers at some time so that when a fire strikes it’s not the first time they’ve ever been in a trailer."

Tip #2:

“Have their hauling papers,” added Voyles.

Each of your livestock has to have papers.

“This is the only proof that the state police and the New Mexico Livestock Board recognizes,” said James Edmiston, livestock owner.

Tip #3:

Make sure you have enough food and water for all of your animals, Voyles said.

While these tips may seem like common sense to some, 20 percent of livestock owners aren’t prepared to evacuate their animals.

“If you’re going to have the animals then have the animals and take care of them and be prepared if you have to leave with them,” said Voyles.