HORSE OWNERS EMERGENCY EVACUATION TIPS
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1. TAKE PHOTOGRAPHS OR VIDEOS OF YOUR HORSES AND PREPARE
WRITTEN DESCRIPTIONS OF EACH OF THEM.
- Put these in a safe place away from where the horses
are kept, such as a bank safe deposit box, so you can provide
identification information to animal control personnel should
your horses become lost or separated from you.
2. PLACE AN IDENTIFICATION TAG ON THE HORSE ITSELF WITH
THE HORSE'S NAME, YOUR NAME, ADDRESS AND PHONE NUMBER.
- Tattoos, brands, etched hooves or microchips are best.
Tags on halters, neck bands, or duct tape with permanent
writing will also work. Keep identification information
with you to verify ownership. Also advised are identification
tags and pet carriers for small pets. Include an emergency
name and phone number out of the area in case you cannot
3. KEEP 'TRAILERS AND TRUCKS WELL-MAINTAINED, WITH FULL
GAS TANKS, AND READY TO MOVE AT ALL TIMES.
- Make sure your horses are well schooled in trailer loading.
If you don't have your own vehicle, make arrangements with
local companies, neighbors or friends before disaster strikes.
4. A HALTER AND LEAD ROPE SHOULD BE READILY AVAILABLE
FOR EACH HORSE.
- Non-nylon (such as cotton) is preferred, as nylon will
melt in a fire.
5. WRITE DOWN CONTACT INFORMATION FOR YOUR VETERINARIAN.
- Keep medical histories, and be sure to record any special
needs a horse may have, such as dietary requirements, allergies,
medication and dosage. Vaccinations should be kept current.
5. KEEP THE AREA AROUND YOUR BARNS AND CORRALS WELL CLEARED
OF BRUSH AND OTHER COMBUSTIBLE MATERIALS - At least 30 feet.
6. TAKE TIME TO MAKE A PLAN FOR WHAT TO DO IN THE EVENT
OF A FIRE.
- Decide where to take your horses if evacuation is necessary.
Contact fairgrounds, equestrian centers and private stables
about their policies and ability to take horses temporarily
in an emergency. Have several sites in mind, depending on
which direction you need to go.
7. FAMILIARIZE YOURSELF WITH SEVERAL EVACUATION ROUTES
TO YOUR DESTINATION.
- Plan for alternate exit routes on foot with your horses
if roads are blocked.
8. DISCUSS YOUR PLAN WITH EVERYONE AT YOUR FACILITY SO
THEY ALL KNOW WHAT TO DO.
- There won't be time to figure it out in an emergency.
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1. EVACUATE YOUR HORSES EARLY, IF POSSIBLE, TO ENSURE
THEIR SAFETY AND EASE YOUR STRESS.
- Call your destination to make sure the site is still
available, and to alert them you are evacuating. Take the
medical records and other items you have set aside to take
with you in an emergency.
2. DOOR OR GATE AFTER YOU EXIT.
- Loose horses have been known to run back into their
stalls. In a fast-moving fire where many horses are involved,
they may need to be led out and turned loose to save as
many as possible.
3. IF A HORSE IS BURNED IN A FIRE, SEEK VETERINARY MEDICAL
ATTENTION AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.
- A burn is always a serious condition, allowing the
possibility of bacterial invasion of the body. Also, damage
to the respiratory tract due to smoke inhalation is frequently
a cause of death in severe burn patients. DO NOT treat burns
with any topical preparations before the vet arrives, as
the wrong choice could do more harm than good.
4. USE CAUTION WHEN APPROACHING AND HANDLING STRANGE
OR FRIGHTENED HORSES.
- Work in pairs, if possible.
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1. CALL ANlMAL CONTROL,
- Let them know you have evacuated.
2. IF YOUR HORSE IS LOST,
- Contact California Veterinary Medical Association and
local Animal Control immediately. Other contacts include
veterinarians, humane societies, stables and farms in the
area, and listen to the Emergency Broadcast System for groups
that may be accepting lost animals. Be prepared to show
identification and proof of ownership when claiming your
3. MOST IMPORTANT - EVERY HORSE OWNER IS ULTIMATELY RESPONSIBLE
FOR HIS/HER OWN HORSES - BE SURE YOU HAVE AN EFFECTIVE PLAN!
- Always be alert to what is happening, especially during
fire season. plan to keep several days worth of food and
water on hand at all times so you will not be caught unprepared.