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This guide provides tips for horse owners to prepare their horse for natural disasters including water and feed, documentation, fence and pasture preparations, animal identification, vaccinations, insurance, biosecurity, animal technical rescue, and post-disaster recovery.
This guide explores the various animal and agricultural sectors in the state of Florida that are at risk from natural and man-made disasters, and what you can do to help prepare and protect animals and agriculture before a disaster strikes. The recommendations, checklists and resources in this guide are applicable to preparing for all hazards such as hurricanes, floods, wildfires, disease introduction, hazardous material spills, and more.
Melissa Feito of WUFT interviewed Dr. Lawrence Garcia about preparing pets for hurricanes. Read this article for tips and a helpful checklist.
Garcia, L.N., Stefanou, C., Huston, C., & Bell, S.A. (2021, September 1). Assessing Veterinary Practice and Practitioner Preparedness for Natural and Man-Made Disasters, Including COVID-19. Journal of Veterinary Medical Education, Advance Access Article. https://jvme.utpjournals.press/doi/abs/10.3138/jvme-2021-0066?journalCode=jvme
Dr. Amanda House, DVM, DACVIM provides guidelines and information for preparing yourself and your horse for hurricanes.
Dr. Amanda House, DVM, DACVIM outlines recommended first aid kit supplies for equines as well as normal vital signs.
Florida has many venomous snakes, and after natural disasters, interactions between displaced snakes and horses may increase. Learn how to manage this emergency until the veterinarian arrives.