Horses Disaster Preparedness
Preparation is vital for ensuring you and your horses are safe during a crisis situation. There are unique considerations to prepare ahead of time for horses and a disaster plan might be the difference between injury or life and death.
Planning for disasters
- Assemble an evacuation kit (see below).
- Develop an evacuation plan for all of your animals and practice the plan.
- Keep written directions to your home near your telephone. This will help you and others explain to emergency responders exactly how to get to your home.
- Identify alternate sources of food and water. Because floodwaters are often contaminated with sewer waste and may also pose a risk of chemical contamination, animals should be prevented as much as possible from accessing and drinking them.
- Have well maintained backup generators and a source of fuel for use in food-animal production operations.
- Keep vehicles well maintained and full of gas.
- Keep emergency cash on hand. (Remember: ATMs may not work.)
- If evacuating is impossible, decide on the safest housing option for your animals, realizing that the situation is still life threatening.
- Assess the stability and safety of barns and other structures, promptly remove dead trees, and minimize debris in fields and the immediate environment.
- If you live in an area prone to wildfires, clear away brush and maintain a defensible space around structures.
- Keep a list of the species, number and locations of your animals near your evacuation supplies and note animals’ favorite hiding spots. This will save precious rescue time.
- halter tag
- neck collars
- leg band
- mane clip
- luggage tag braided into tail or mane
- clipper-shaved information in the animal’s hair
- livestock marking crayon, non-toxic, non-water-soluble spray paint, or non-water-soluble markers to write on the animal’s side
- permanent marker to mark hooves
Here are some more links with useful info:
Owners Guide to horses: Emergency disaster and preparedness
Equine Health in time of disaster