DOES YOUR EVACUATION PLAN INCLUDE
YOUR LARGE ANIMALS?
EVACUATE EARLY & BE PREPARED !
Prepare yourself -- Be an Aware Owner
Plan at least 2 evacuation routes -- are they accessible for trailers in all weather?
Team up with your neighbors -- Prearrange a place to relocate your animals
- Make sure each animal has PERMANENT ID / accessible ID Packet
- Immunize regularly
- Keep "Grab & Go" documentation on feed, health issues & medications for each animal
- Have 2 off-site contacts -- 1 local and 1 out-of-the-area
- Keep the information updated
Prepare Your Animal -- TRAIN Together
- Remain calm yourself
- Train him to behave BEFORE the emergency
- Take him out at night
- Use flashlights / glow sticks around him
- Practice finding and putting on your halter in the dark
- Practice trailer loading and unloading -- in daylight and in the dark
- Have other people handle him
- Pack a GO KIT for your animal(s) and keep it up to date
- Never free your animal to fend for itself
Prepare your property -- Examine your surroundings regularly
- Water accessibility
- Have a primary and secondary escape route from paddock / stall AND property
- Fences - check for breaks, keep grass / weeds clear
- Barns - monitor extension cords, cob webs, power outlets and other sources of spark / flames
- Gates and latches -make sure they work easily and open inward
- Equipment - make sure it is in working condition
- Trailer - registered, accessible, road ready?
- Is everything easily accessible - even at night?
- Do regular maintenance
If you are asked to evacuate -- start immediately -- don't wait!