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Equine Emergency Preparedness

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Are You and Your Horses Prepared for an Emergency Event?

Living and owning horses in Southern California has its special challenges, particularly where emergency preparedness is concerned.  It is every horse owner's responsibHorse Jumping at Dapplegrayility to have an emergency plan in place. You are the one that can plan to keep your horses safe, either by early evacuation or ensuring they can be safely sheltered in place. 

Here some important tips to follow to keep your horse safe:

  1. Plan now for Emergency Sheltering for your horses. Be sure everyone involved with your horse knows the plan and include the address and driving directions in your emergency kit.
  2. Become involved with your neighborhood network. During a disaster, we all need to help each other.  Neighbors can work together to help the horse owners on their street who do not have a horse trailer.
  3. Make a list of emergency contacts:  emergency shelter, vet, family contacts, etc.   Keep this information on all your smart devices as well as in your emergency kit.
  4. Take photographs and prepare a written description of each horse.  Keep one in a safe place with you and another set in your emergency kit.
  5. Have a halter and rope readily available for each horse.  Make sure halters are marked/engraved with your contact information.  Keep duct tape available so you can write information on it if needed. Include your name, number, address, with an alternate contact number.  If your horse has special needs or medical issues, record the information on a luggage tag and attach it to the halter.
  6. Microchip your horse.   This is an easy, inexpensive way to help identify your animals.
  7. Have a minimal 3-day supply of feed and water per horse.  This is particularly important if you plan to shelter in place, but you should also bring feed (and buckets!) in the instance you need to evacuate.  Make sure to include all medications your horse may need and label all of your equipment.
  8. Teach your horse how to trailer.  Spend time loading and unloading your horses so they are safe and willing to load in the need of an evacuation.
  9. Keep trucks, trailers and vans well-maintained and ready to move.  Keep your gas tank full, particularly during Red Flag Warning days. 
  10. Make a Emergency Preparedness Kit.

 Build an Emergency Preparedness Kit for your horse:

  • Leads, Halters, Shanks
  • 3-Day supply of feed/water/meds
  • Portable radio with extra batteries
  • Buckets for feed/waterhorse trailer
  • Emergency contact list/Horse ID photos
  • Flashlights
  • Cell phone with charger
  • First Aid kit
  • Leg wraps
  • Blanket or sheets
  • Hoof pick
  • Tarps
  • Sharp knife
  • Shovel
  • Water hose
  • Duct tape
  • Wire cutters

More Resources:

Become an Equine Response Team Volunteer Today!

Human Society of the United States  Disaster Preparedness for Horses

Los Angeles County Equine Response Team: ERT@animalcare.lacounty.gov

Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control 

Los Angeles County Emergency Survival Guide

PVPHA Equine Emergency Information Resource

PVPHA Emergency Information Card

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This information was provided by the County of Los Angeles Department of Animal Care and Control, Equine Response Team.