Make sure you have evacuation supplies in your
trailer at all times. This could include a fire extinguisher, water
bucket, halter, lead rope, equine first aid kit, 50 ft. cotton rope, flashlight
& batteries, cattle/animal marking crayon, clear copy of identification
papers, roll of duct tape, a basic tool kit and change of clothing for you.
Your equine first aid kit should contain a
knife, adhesive tape, scissors, clean towels or rags, antiseptic, leg wraps,
topical antibiotic, pain relievers, tranquilizers, insect repellent, sterile
gauze pads, roll of cotton, alcohol wipes, Vetrap Bandaging Tape, handled
cotton tipped swabs, non-sterile gauze pads, hand sanitizing towelettes,
eye wash, betadine surgical scrub, hydrogen peroxide, iodine wipes, exam
gloves, hoof pick, blood stop powder. This is only a sample list of medical
supplies; you may require or prefer different items in your medical kit.
A good source for equine first aid kits is www.equimedic.com.
Also keep pictures of your horse, and at least one with you or with a family
member with the horse – verification of proof of ownership. Staple a
copy of your Coggins to the picture along with a description of your horse
such as special scars, tattoos, brands, microchip ID info and identification.
Place all of this in a zip-lock bag and keep them in a safe place where you
can get them in a hurry.
Floridians have years of experience preparing and surviving hurricanes.
You can find great information about preparing your horses and barn before
a hurricane at www.floridahorse.com/hurricane/hurricane.html.