Evacuated livestock to be housed at Arena

Published 12:02 am Wednesday, September 6, 2017

The Covington Center Arena is among the four locations in Alabama offering shelter to livestock expected to be evacuated from Florida in preparation for a potential hit by Hurricane Irma.

The Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries (ADAI) has been in contact with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System (ACES), Alabama Farmers Federation (ALFA), Alabama Horse Council and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumers Services to confirm temporary sheltering facilities for evacuated livestock including horses and cattle.

“Hurricane Irma, upgraded to a Category 5 storm with maximum sustained winds of 185 mph, has the capability of causing catastrophic damage. We stand ready to assist our neighbors in Florida, by providing a place for those who need shelter for their livestock,” said Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries John McMillan.

Animals also will be housed at Garrett Coliseum in Montgomery; the Houston County Farm Center in Dothan; and the Five-County Complex in New Brockton.

Livestock owners should prepare for their animals’ needs.

For question or concerns about sheltering livestock during hurricane evacuation, contact ADAI Emergency Programs at 334-240-7278 or email ben.mullins@agi.alabama.gov.