Safety Video: Evacuating Horses in a Natural Disaster

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by Fran Jurga | 27 August 2009 | The Jurga Report

Welcome to the third in a series of safety videos from Texas A&M University on aspects of caring for horses during natural disasters.

I'm taking this one personally, since Tropical Storm Danny is headed toward the coast of New England as I write this. And the coast of New England is about 50 feet from this keyboard.

I don't expect that Danny will be Son of Katrina, but last week we had mile-high waves from Hurricane Bill far out to sea, and who knows what next week will bring.

I think it's time to sit down and go over all your a) "hunkering down" and b)"getting-outta-here-now" plans for you and all your animals. Maybe add category c: if you and your animals are all set, who can you help, and how?

In the back-to-school spirit, you can go out and buy a notebook and start writing down all the details the video suggests you'll need. Get out your important papers and start making copies. Call your vet now for any records you need, and check with your local authorities about emergency plans for your community. You just might be glad you did.

Oh, and keep an eye on Danny...and the next one coming behind him.

Thanks to for making these safety videos available.