FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, September 6
Office of Communications
Hurricane Livestock Safety
Animal Interstate Movement Health Requirements for entry into Georgia are temporarily suspended for the transportation of animals from areas expected to be impacted by Hurricane Irma in Florida. The suspension of entry requirements applies to animals entering Georgia from Florida only.
On September 5, 2017, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Division of Animal Industry, announced a temporary suspension of intrastate movement requirements for transportation of animals from the areas expected to be impacted by Hurricane Irma.
Any person transporting pets or livestock from Florida must stop at the agricultural interdiction stations and present any required movement documentation. A transporter that fails to provide the required documentation will be issued an Advisory Notice, which must remain with the livestock during transport from Florida and upon the return trip to the original Florida destination.
In an effort to facilitate the anticipated evacuation efforts in Florida, the Georgia Department of Agriculture has temporarily suspended Interstate Movement Animal Health Requirements for animals wishing to enter Georgia from Florida.
When evacuating, it is important for livestock owners to be prepared to care for their animals while they are away. Please be sure to bring the following items with you:
- Current list of all animals, including their records of feeding, vaccinations, and tests. Make sure that you have proof of ownership for all animals.
- Supplies for temporary identification of your animals, such as plastic neckbands and permanent markers to label your animals with your name, address, and telephone number.
- Handling equipment such as halters and appropriate tools for each kind of animal.
- Water, feed, and buckets. Tools and supplies needed for sanitation.
This suspension is temporary and will expire on September 30, 2017, unless it is rescinded or extended.
More information can be found at:
http://www.freshfromflorida.com/Divisions-Offices/Animal-Industry/Consumer-Resources/Emergency-Response , or call 1-850-410-0900 for more information.
About the GDA The Georgia Department of Agriculture (GDA) is the voice of the state’s agriculture community. The department's mission is to provide excellence in services and regulatory functions, to protect and promote agriculture and consumer interests, and to ensure an abundance of safe food and fiber for Georgia, America, and the world by using state-of-the-art technology and a professional workforce. For more information, visit www.agr.georgia.gov.