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How to prepare for a Natural Disaster or Emergency

How to prepare for a Natural Disaster or Emergency

How to prepare for a natural disaster or emergency can be an easy task, but the real test is in the face of chaos and uncertainty. We can be as prepared as we think we are, but we never really know if we are successful til it actually happens. This is a checklist for getting prepared for a natural disaster or emergency.

The main concern for this checklist is our horses, pets and livestock and what we do for their safety. It is imperative that we have an escape route with a secondary route in place for a safe evacuation. Natural disasters and emergencies can happen at any time. There are certain times of the year in dry places that have a higher risk of forest fires and other disasters.

These plans we have put in place require a primary evacuation route followed up by a secondary route in case of a roadblock, mud slid, fire, avalanche, or super slow traffic. There are also items you need to take with you in these emergencies not only for yourself but the animals. What to take with you for your horses and other pets is very important to have enough to last at least a week; possibly two, plan on having extra to be on the safe side.

Here is a small list, but it makes a big impact:

Waterproof containers for storing the feed and equipment with two weeks supply of feed; you never know exactly how long you will be gone. One week of water, always try to be close to a source of fresh water. Copies of the vet records, breed registry and any paperwork proving ownership of the horses. Keep an emergency contact list handy along with a map of evacuation routes A and B. Keep a First Aid kit in your vehicle for accidents with a detailed list of diet and medication instructions for each horse. Make sure you travel this evacuation route once a month to be aware of any changes going on that you may need to change your route for.

It is always good to be prepared for the natural disasters or emergencies that can happen in your neck of the woods. Our horses and other animals depend on us to see that they are safe. We can’t just forget them in our haste because their lives depend on us. It is our responsibility to be protective of them, so let’s keep plans in place and keep our animals safe too.