Prepare for the Worst
Here’s how you can keep your horse as safe as possible in the event of disaster.
“FRANTIC EVACUATION IN CALIFORNIA LEFT ANIMALS TO FACE WILDFIRE ALONE.”
The 2015 New York Times article headline that caught my eye described horses wandering down state highways, dazed and injured. One wandering horse was struck by a vehicle and killed, and at least three died in a pasture due to smoke or fire they couldn’t escape. One horse owner reported having a trailer big enough to haul all but two of his horses; he had to pick which two to leave behind. A devastating choice. Some had no choice but to leave their horses when they had to flee their homes. Would they have had a better chance if they’d had a prearranged evacuation plan? Possibly. When it comes to disaster planning, there are three important questions you must answer: Where will your horses go? How will you get them there? And how will you find them when it’s safe to recover them? I’ll help you answer those three questions. First, I’ll explain the types of natural disasters you’re likely to encounter to help you better prepare so you can understand when and why you might be forced to make the decision to evacuate. Then, I’ll outline a 10-step farm-evacuation plan so you’ll be ready to move. →