Disaster Preparedness Guidelines for the Horse Owner

Disaster Preparedness Guidelines for Horse Owners. The information below is drawn from experiences with Hurricanes Andrew (1992), Katrina (2005), Harvey and Irma (2017), the Winnipeg floods, and other major disasters.

The recommendations are intended to help horse owners prepare properly for most disasters.

Long Range Disaster Planning

Make sure your horse will load!
Maintain a stockpile of hay and grain. Keep extra medications and vet supplies on hand. Ask your vet what is available to administer to your horse according to your capabilities.

Survey your property for the best location for your horse.
Photograph the left and right sides of each horse as well as its face, medial and lateral lower legs. Also a picture of you and your horse.
You may be interested in a horse ID tag.
Have all records written down and copied. Put one set in a zip-lock bag. If you have a computer, put all your information on a disk, don’t just leave it on your hard drive.
Keep your horse’s vaccinations up to date. Record the dates.
Make sure your horse trailer is insured. Keep spare gas on hand.

Prior to Evacuation

Put copies of registration papers, insurance papers, pictures etc in a Zip-lock bag.

Fill out an index card with your name, address, horse’s name and description. Don’t forget your vet’s name and phone number also. Wrap this around the horse’s halter with duct tape.
Put tags with the same information and braid it into the horse’s mane. Tags can be bought at a dollar store or stationery store and find the best place to stay for your horse.
Put extra buckets, feed, and hay into your trailer.
Prepare to transport your horse to a safe evacuation site. Do not wait until the last minute to remove your horse(s).
If you stay on the property with your horse take two plywood boards and spray paint on one side of the board, “have horses, need help!”, on the other side of the board, spray paint “have horses, OK for now”

Portable Veterinary Supply Kit (keep in a waterproof container)

Cotton, Bandages, Thermometer, Scissors, Vet wrap, Poultice, Surgical soap, Fly Spray, Electrolytes, Iodine, Wound Ointment, Peroxide, Gauze pads, Vaseline.
Extra supply of special medicines, Veterinarian’s name and telephone number, and Zip-Locked Horse ID Bag (attached to horse’s halter).

Photograph of horse right and left sides, face, legs.
Photograph of horse and owner.
Copies of registration papers for your horse.
Veterinary records.
Index card with owner’s name, address, telephone number, feeding instructions, horse’s name, and description.
Insurance documents for the horse.
Duct tape to attach to halter.
Emergency Evacuation Transport documentation papers (signed by horse owner and volunteer transport person).
Filled out Evacuation ID papers for your horse.
Veterinarian’s name and telephone number.

Personal Emergency Kit

Flashlight with extra batteries, Portable radio with extra batteries, Wire cutters,  First aid kit for humans, Toolkit with hammer, nails, saw, screws etc., Chainsaw,  Tarps, Plywood and spray paint, Axe, Matches, Gasoline 2-liter pop bottles full of frozen water, Bleach, Cell phone, Sharp knife, Maps, Vet’s name and telephone number, Emergency phone numbers (Fire, Police, Ambulance), Ropes, Blankets,  Feed and Supply Kit.

3 days supply of grain in an airtight container
3 days supply of hay
3 days supply of special feed supplements
Portable water containers, Wheelbarrow, Pitchfork, Shovels, Bagged shavings,  Horse blankets, Emergency Disaster Kit.

Copies of everything in the Zip-Lock ID bag
First Aid Kit
Personal Emergency Kit
Feed and Supply Kit
Written Plan of Action and training tips