10 Severe Weather Preparation Resources on TheHorse.com.

When you’ve got 1,200-pound, four-legged dependents to consider, planning in advance for natural disasters and severe weather takes on a whole new meaning. Fear not: We’ve compiled 10 severe weather resources you can use to prepare your horses and farm for disasters before they even occur.

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INTERACTIVE FEATURE: Natural Disaster: Are You and Your Horse Ready? Are you and your horse ready for emergency evacuation? Get tools and information you need to keep your horse healthy. Explore Now

ARTICLE: Navigating Natural Disasters with Horses No one wants to envision what might happen to their horses if suddenly faced with a flood, hurricane, tornado, wildfire, earthquake, or other disaster, but in certain parts of the country these devastating events can be a part of life, and horse owners must be ready for them. Read More

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Do you have a plan in place for your horses if wildfires, tornadoes, floods, or hurricanes strike in your area? Experts share tips on how to prepare for the worst-case natural disaster scenarios in an archived Ask TheHorse Live podcast at TheHorse.com/138489. | Photo: Thinkstock.com

ARTICLE: 20 Disaster Planning Questions Disaster planning starts at home and in neighborhoods. It begins with understanding your farm and community’s risk for wildfires, storm outbreaks, hurricanes, earthquakes, and chemical mishaps. Well-prepared horse owners should be able to answer 20 questions before disaster strikes. Read More

ARTICLE: Finding Housing for Horses During Evacuations Don’t wait until disaster is on your doorstep to find a place to take your horses when evacuating. Remember these tips. Read More

ARTICLE: How Much Food and Water do My Horses Need if I Evacuate? Here are some tips on leaving food and water for horses should you need to evacuate without them during a disaster. Read More

VIDEO: Hurricane Preparedness Rebecca McConnico, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, offers advice on planning for natural disasters and the hurricane season when managing horses. Watch Now

ARTICLE: Preparedness is Key to Surviving Tornadoes with Horses In tornado-prone areas, some residents construct storm shelters in order to safely ride out dangerous ordeals. When it comes to protecting horses, however, designing a “tornado-proof” barn is a more complicated matter. That’s why preparedness is crucial for helping horses survive potentially life-threatening storms. Read More

BLOG: Tips for Developing a Firewise Evacuation Plan Wildfire can quickly become a real threat to rural landowners and when horses are involved, action needs to be taken quickly to save the lives of your animals and reduce property damage. Being proactive is the safest plan. Use these tips to begin your pre-wildfire evacuation planning. Read More

ARTICLE: Wildfires: When Evacuation is Not an Option Wildfires are a very real threat in many parts of the country and, while owners are able to remove their horses from at-risk areas in some cases, evacuation isn’t always an option. How should you handle your farm and animals in these cases? Read More

ARTICLE: In Disaster’s Wake: Horses and the Devastation Massive destructive forces of nature, such as hurricanes floods, and tornadoes can roar into our lives with or without forewarning. Other environmental threats such as drought, oppressive heat, or biting cold move quietly into areas and can linger for months. As horse owners, we must recognize the potential effects of environmental conditions on our animals. Read More