play a huge role in the livestock industry. Having this
organization in existence helps to reduce the risk of loss
of life for those who have no way or have nowhere to
transport their herds to during a natural disaster.
During the mass wildfires that affected California back in
December 2017, Buchanan worked diligently under the
Livestock Emergency Team to help those in need in
California. While still in Dallas, Texas during this time,
Buchanan stayed up most nights on calls with local
California Emergency Operations Center (EOCs), livestock
haulers, and livestock facility owners to connect livestock
owners with a way to safety and out of the reach from
the relentless blazes that were steadily consuming large
parts of the state. She was able to open up several private
livestock facilities to house 250 livestock animals, sent
hundreds to the Del Mar Racetrack as well as the local fairgrounds,
and provided transportation to 175 livestock owners
who had no way to get their livestock out of the wildfire areas.
States like California, Oklahoma, and Texas experience
wildfires every year and every year livestock are affected
by these fires. The same can also be said for floods and
tornadoes that affect farms and ranches yearly. With these
natural disasters consistently being a threat for many areas
of the country, Caitlyn Buchanan, as CEO of the Livestock
Emergency Team, has made it her number one priority
to continue to grow funding for emergency supplies and
volunteer education and training as well as to grow a large,
strong national volunteer base so that the Livestock
Emergency Team is readily available anywhere in the
United States at any time once a natural disaster strikes.
Building out the volunteer base will be one of the main
goals of the Livestock Emergency Team’s efforts this year.
The organization’s fundraising goal for this year has been
set to 150,000 dollars and will go toward emergency
response supplies and volunteer training. If you or anyone
you know is interested in donating or volunteering please
visit the Livestock Emergency Team’s website for more
information at leteam.org.
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