Personal Disaster Preparedness, Part 1

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Experts seem like they are always giving dire warnings of the consequences of not having a disaster plan. The wildfires in Tasmania this week are a horrific reminder to horse owners that we have a moral, legal, and ethical responsibility to our animals, our families, and our communities.

We must ensure that we have made better arrangements than to wait until the last minute to react when disasters threaten. Worse, recent studies show that despite years of those ominous warnings and efforts to educate, many people do not even have the basics of a disaster plan for their families, much less their pets and their horses. We don’t want to let that person be you, so a few simple ideas for making your plan work are below and in the next portion of this blog

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Rebecca Gimenez Husted, BS, PhD, is the primary instructor and president of Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue. Her first book, Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue, was published in 2008. She is an internationally sought instructor in technical rescue techniques, procedures, and methodologies, and she has published numerous critiques, articles and journal submissions on horse safety, technical large animal rescue and horse handling issues.

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