Make a Plan
- 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 and medication 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.
- 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 himself.
Prepare Your Property
- Examine your surroundings regularly.
- Have a primary and secondary escape route from paddock, stall and property.
- Water accessibility.
- Fences -- check for breaks, keep grass / weeds cleared.
- Barns -- monitor extension cords, cobwebs, power outlets and other sources for potential fire.
- 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!