Disaster Preparedness for Equine & Large Animal Owners

Severe weather, earthquakes, wildfires, hazardous material spills, barn fires—a man-made or natural disaster can strike anytime, anywhere. Put a preparedness plan in place now to keep you and your animals safe. Remember, they depend on you for their safety.

Prevent barn fires

Barn fires are one of the most common emergency situations faced by equine and livestock owners. Prevention is key: store vehicles, tractors, and flammable materials outside; regularly inspect electrical wires for damage; and make sure hay is dry before storing it in the barn. In case of a barn fire, immediately call 911.

Prepare for evacuation

It may not always be possible to evacuate horses or livestock, but having a plan in place for a potential evacuation is a good idea. Keep halters and leads ready. Have a trailering and transportation plan in place.


Be ready to shelter in place

Prepare a portable first aid kit, as well as several days' supply of water, hay, feed and medications. You may also want to consider alternative methods of getting water for your animals, as water supplies can become contaminated.


Make sure your animals have ID

Severe weather can lead to fencing failures, allowing animals to leave your property. ID will be key to help ensure their return.

Provide safe, high spots

Perches, ledges and access to high ground can be a lifesaver for poultry, livestock and other animals in an emergency.

Updated: 2012-01-19 08:00:00

Author: Oregon Veterinary Medical Association