Preparedness for Horses and Livestock
You’ve taken steps to keep your family and home safe. Don’t forget your horses and livestock. With some advance planning you can increase their chances of surviving a disaster.
Horses and Livestock
- Plan ahead, know where you would evacuate the animals, contact your local fairgrounds, Stockyards, Equestrian Centers, friends etc. about their policies and ability to take horses and livestock temporarily in an emergency.
- Have several evacuation routes inmind. If you don’t have your own truck and trailer, make arrangements with local companies or neighbors before disaster strikes. Make sure your neighbors have your contact numbers (Cell phone, work, home, etc.).
- Have vaccination/ medical records, registration papers and photographs of your animals (proof of ownership) and your Disaster Preparedness Kit.
- If you must leave your animals, leave them in a preselected, cleared area. Leave enough hay for 48 to 72 hours. Do not rely on automatic watering systems. Power may be lost.
- Clear defensible space around your barns, pastures and property just as you do to your home.
Do not wait until the last minute to start evacuating!
Blue Cut Fire Farm and Horse Evacuation Center video
Article from UC Davis Veterinary Medical Hospital
Saving the Whole Family Disaster Preparedness Planning Guide
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