Hurricane Florence Resources
Hurricane Florence is one of the strongest storms on the Eastern Seaboard in decades. The first major hurricane of the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season, Florence is expected to bring deadly storm surges, mammoth coastal flooding, and historic rainfall far inland from North Carolina's coast.
Are you evacuating to Tennessee with livestock or pets?
Tennessee State Veterinarian Dr. Charles Hatcher has temporarily suspended health certificate requirements for animals being evacuated from hurricane-affected states into Tennessee. Coggins test requirements for evacuated horses are also suspended. These temporary suspensions apply to evacuees only.
The American Red Cross has established shelters in Tennessee for hurricane evacuees. Some are pet friendly. Check with the shelter before arriving with a pet.
The University of Tennessee has compiled a list of farms that will house displaced animals. Please call ahead to check on availability and requirements.
Do you need a location to house your evacuated livestock?
The following facilities have volunteered to house livestock and in some cases, small animals, affected by the hurricane. Please contact the facility BEFORE you make plans to travel there to confirm availability.
Tri-State Equine Exhibition Center (Southeast TN)
ADDRESS: 200 Natures Trail SW, McDonald, TN 37353
CONTACT: Eric Campbell 423-715-3067
NOTE: Taking equine evacuees
Brainerd Recreation Center (Southeast TN)
ADDRESS: 1010 N. Moore Rd., Chattanooga, TN 37411
CONTACT: Red Cross - Brooke Powell 423-509-5335
CONTACT: Disaster Animal Response Team - Shorty Beaty 423-240-3984
NOTE: Pet friendly shelter
Other Options to House Livestock
Overnight Stabling Facilities Listed with Pick Tennessee Products
NOTE: These are commercial facilities listed with PTP. Please call ahead to check on availability, cost and requirements.
Emergency Care for Displaced Animals
As evacuees make their way into our area, the UT College of Veterinary Medicine (UTCVM) is working to ensure displaced animals are provided emergency care if needed.
Press Release: TEMA Sends Firefighter Relief Teams to North Carolina
Press Release: Some Areas of Cherokee National Forest Closing
- The Weather Channel
- National Hurricane Center
- Updates from the UT Institute of Agriculture
- Georgia Department of Agriculture Hurricane Response
- North Carolina Department of Agriculture Hurricane Florence Information
- VIDEO: Saving the Whole Family-- Disaster Preparation and Your Pets
- Red Cross Pet Disaster Preparedness
- AVMA Hurricane Preparedness and Response
- FDA - Taking Care of Your Pets During Hurricanes and Floods
- 15 Questions for Hurricane Preparation