Natural disasters such as wildfires, tornadoes, and flooding can happen quickly and can leave horse owners little time to respond. Having and practicing an emergency evacuation plan can help you be better prepared when disaster strikes.

So, how prepared are you for a natural disaster? We posed this question to our readers in last week’s online poll. More than 350 people responded and we’ve tallied the results!

Of the 351 respondents, 231 (66%) said they have thought about natural disaster planning and have a general idea of how they would respond. Another 19 respondents (5%) said they have a written evacuation plan and emergency supplies prepared in the event of a disaster. Only 18 respondents (5%) said they have a written evacuation plan and have practiced an emergency evacuation drill, and 65 people (19%) said they have no planning in place. The remaining 18 respondents (5%) chose “other.”

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Additionally, more than 30 people commented about their natural disaster planning and experiences:

Several people shared the plans they currently have in place:

  • “We would relocate our horses to the local fairgrounds during a disaster.”
  • “We have plans that covers possible disasters except loss of water supply. None require evacuation.”
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