Don’t wait until the last minute to prepare you and your horses for a natural disaster. Be it flood, fire, earthquake, or tornado there are some simple things to do and have on hand just in case the worst case scenario becomes reality.
- Evacuation Plan ready to go if you have to move animals and people in a hurry. Practice It!
- Emergency Kit in a sealed tote that is clearly labeled and kept current and well maintained.
- Flashlight and portable radio with extra batteries
- Blankets and extra clothing for people
- First aid kit for people and animals
- Wire cutters
- Leather gloves
- Two knives
- Buckets and haynets
- Shovel and axe or saw
- Extra Halters and lead ropes
- Duct Tape
- Prioritize which animals are to go first if you have limited transportation, and a buddy system for the animals to ensure they are accounted for.
- Pictures of your animals for identification in case they get loose or separated.
- Emergency-only Halters kept on hand labeled with your name and telephone number in case you have to turn your horses loose. Even a can of spray paint so that you can write your phone number directly on your horse’s body (don’t worry it will come off later).
- Food and Water for at least 72 hours for each animal.
- Keep an Emergency Contact List and make sure it is current.
- Keep your truck and trailer well maintained with yearly safety inspections.
Equineu.com offers a great workbook for disasters preparedness. Print and fill out a copy and keep it in your emergency kit. Go over it at least once a year with your friends and family. By being prepared you can save lives!