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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 responsibility 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:

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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Microchip your horse.   This is an easy, inexpensive way to help identify your animals.
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.
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.
Keep trucks, trailers and vans well-maintained and ready to move.  Keep your gas tank full, particularly during Red Flag Warning days.
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/water
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:

Emergency Planning Guide for Equestrians

Palos Verdes Emergency Numbers/Resources

Emergency Information Card

Horse First Aid Kit Recommended Items (or Purchase at: www.equestrisafe.com)