Due to the size of horses, it is critical that you have a horse natural disaster plan in place to get your horses out of harm’s way in case of an emergency.
Floods, fires, and tornadoes are all good reasons to have a disaster plan in place. If you don’t have one or it’s been a few years since yours has been reviewed, today is a good day.
If you have a boarding facility, consider:
1. Sharing the disaster plans with boarders. Should they be at the facility or come to the facility when a disaster arises, having them know what to do in advance can only help.
2. Adding pertinent disaster plan information to the boarding contract. For example: Add the location of temporary facilities you have made arrangements with to house horses, share who is responsible for trailering horses to safe locations, or why it may be necessary to quickly evacuate horses from the barn by turning them loose.
3. Posting the disaster plan at the facility. Develop a disaster plan checklist and simple step-by-step guides that rescuers and boarders can quickly and easily follow.
Of course, we always hope a disaster plan never needs to be implemented, but if the time comes you’ll be thankful you’ve put a plan in place.
Making A Horse Natural Disaster Plan: