In the latter case, finding a place to ride out the weather in safety can be challenging. But that challenge is compounded for owners evacuating their horses from a storm’s path. Where do you drop a 1,100 pound animal to keep them safe from natural disasters? Here are some places you can look to find equine evacuation sites before the flood waters start rising.
Local equine associations and horse councils Some local equine associations, such as the Boulder County Horse Association, in Colorado, have listings of animal control resources and information regarding evacuation sites. Additionally, some organizations allow you to volunteer your farm or trailer to help in the event of a disaster and maintain a database, like Horse Council British Columbia, in Canada. If your local association or council doesn’t maintain a list of evacuation sites, they might be able to point you in the right direction of where else you could look.
Social media In today’s technologic world, social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) is becoming a valuable resource for getting and providing real-time information about natural disasters. Horse Evacuations East, for example, is simply designed to “connect people who need evacuation assistance and shelter for horses during a natural disaster to those who can provide it.” It’s each horse owner’s responsibility to research the offerings on the page, but this tool can be valuable for making connections with local equestrians you might be able to help, or who might be able to help you.
Local emergency management agencies Your local emergency management authority is tasked with doing just what its name implies: managing emergencies. Thus, they likely have knowledge about evacuation sites for all kinds of situations, including evacuating horses. Contact your local agency with questions regarding equine evacuations.
When it comes to maintaining your horse’s safety, always be prepared to act on a moment’s notice. This means finding an equine evacuation site before a disaster threatens. Work with local agencies, associations, and horse people to devise your equine evacuation plan ahead of time.