Mid-March through June is when those of us in the Midwest need to be the most prepared for high winds and strong thunderstorms. Explore these five tips to get ready.
1. Remove Objects From Aisles: Anything that is not secure can become a high-speed projectile as high winds whip down an aisle way. Put away items like muck buckets, groom carts, fly spray bottles, and saddle racks.
2. Repair Gates and Fasteners. Old, weakened gate latches and hinges can snap in high winds, enabling horses to escape.
3. Acquire Alternative Light Sources. Should you have to perform barn duties without power, hands-free headlamps will help you get the job done. Headlamps can be particularly important should you have to tend to an ill or injured horse. There’s no harm in exploring the possibilities of having a portable generator on hand as well.
4. Tree Maintenance: Dead or dying trees can easily uproot in high winds and rain blocking access evacuation. The dead overhanging limb can come crashing down, damaging barns, run-in sheds, trailers, vehicles, fencing, or life.
5. Make A Plan: A disaster preparedness plan is your best chance in securing safety for you and your horses. Remember, one method may not work for all disasters. Make a plan for tornadoes, floods, fires, and equine medical emergencies. Having a plan will help keep you calm and allow you to take charge of the situation instead of panic.