Hurricane Preparedness for Horses and Livestock at Home and Relocation

Horses and livestock remaining on premises

During hurricanes there are many people who are unable to transport their horses and livestock to safer locations. In turn they are leaving the animals in familiar surroundings even as the owners are moving to safety. Having a preparedness plan for horses and livestock remaining on premise is important. There are several things that should be done to provide the animal with the best situation to get them through the storm. To do list for animal(s) remaining on premises:

  • properly identifying the animal
  • clear premises of debris and any objects that can become projectiles in the storm
  • ensure animal is not hindered by restraints or buildings – animals will take care of themselves if they are able to move to avoid danger
  • check perimeter fence lines and gates for breaks or weak points
  • provide ample water supply so animal does not go searching
  • provide feed/hay
Horses and livestock relocation preparedness

People who are considering relocating their horses and livestock to safe shelters have many areas they need to consider. Areas such as animals health, necessary paperwork, shelter requirements and supplies. Knowing and being proactive on your relocation preparedness plans will help to ensure the animals safety and comfort.  Check list for relocating horses and livestock:

  • copies of vaccination and medical records
  • health of the animal being moved
  • shelter requirements
  • water and feed supplies while transporting, depending on the distance
  • water and feed supplies while in the shelter
  • medical supplies for animal during and after transport
  • vehicle/trailer source and reliability
  • policies regarding movement of animals into and out of state/county/farm
  • timing of transport

Hurricanes and other severe storms can be stressful for animals, large and small. Having a plan before the storm arrives is the best practice for

More information from UF/IFAS:  http://disaster.ifas.ufl.edu/masterfr.htm http://largeanimal.vethospitals.ufl.edu/resources/hurricane-preparation-tips/ http://alachua.ifas.ufl.edu/disaster/protecting_livestock.shtml

UF/IFAS Photo by Marisol Amador