You never know when a disaster will hit – and unfortunately, it doesn’t wait for you to be ready! There is a wide range of disaster types, and each one is capable of causing devastation in its path. In the horse industry, you need to prepare your whole family for a disaster, even your four-legged family members. Be prepared with these five steps that can be used in any disastrous situation:
- Make a check list of each horse in your barn. Be sure to include the stall they are in and emergency contact information if they’re owner is boarding their horse. This will help you to check off horses as they are loaded into the trailer and to make sure no one is left behind.
- Keep an inventory of your supplies for insurance purposes. You will want to list what you have, how much the cost was (a receipt is always best), and what area of the barn each inventory is located in.
- Arrange a safe location for your family and animals. Make sure the safe location has enough room to accommodate your party size.
- At your safe location, store at least 72 hours of supplies including fresh water and food. These supplies should be stored there prior to an emergency.
- Map out an evacuation plan and practice, practice, practice!