You’ve bought sixteen D batteries, two bags of charcoal, and an extra flashlight. The chain saw is ready. Your car phone charger is set out on the dining room table. Those dead limbs are too high up to reach before Hurricane Irene does whatever she’s going to do. Oh, and you’re having eight ice cream sandwiches for dinner.
Now, think about what you can do to help your horses be prepared, too. Like with people, think through big issues – identification, evacuation planning, and injury prevention. Here’s a quick check list of some advice from the experts:
- Scan the barn and stalls for debris and loose items. Secure or remove from the aisles and walls.
- Be sure your horse has identification attached to his neck or foot in a way that won’t restrict circulation or cause injury.
- Place all food, medicine, and other supplies in a dry spot that is unlikely to take water.
- Update your equine emergency/first aid kit.
- Keep flashlights and batteries at the barn, too.
- Remember not to attach your horse’s Coggins to your horse or his/her identification. A Coggins is a free pass to take your horse anywhere.
If you live in the Commonwealth of Virginia, the Virginia State Animal Response Team may have information to help you relocate your horse in the event of evacuation, including the very detailed Commonwealth of Virginia Equine Preparedness Guide.
Read more from these resources below:
- From LSU:Tips for Horse Owners to Prepare for Hurricane Season.
- From University of Florida:Hurricane_Preparedness_for_Horses.pdf (application/pdf Object).
- From Town of Davie Florida:http://www.davie-fl.gov/Gen/DavieFL_HurricaneInfo/hurricane/HurricaneHorses
- From International Horse Fund: http://www.horsefund.org/disaster-preparedness-for-horses.php