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Are You Ready?

Published: 8/25/2011
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By Maddy Butcher Gray

You can't help others if you haven't taken care of yourself.
That's one of the biggest lessons I learned in my Wilderness First Responder course and Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue courses.

Preparedness can't be overrated. MacGyver-ism only goes so far.

So before all heck breaks loose, take a moment to get you, your family, and your horses ready.
CLICK HERE for Equine First Aid kit.
CLICK HERE for Large Animal Rescue article.
CLICK HERE for Wilderness First Responder article.
CLICK HERE for County Emergency Response article.

Recommended Items to Include in a Basic People Emergency Supply Kit:

Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
    Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
    Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
    Flashlight and extra batteries
    First aid kit
    Whistle to signal for help
    Dust mask, to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
    Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
    Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
    Can opener for food (if kit contains canned food)
    Local maps
    Cell phone with chargers

Additional Items to Consider Adding to an Emergency Supply Kit:

    Prescription medications and glasses
    Infant formula and diapers
    Pet food and extra water for your pet
    Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records in a waterproof, portable container
    Cash and change
    Emergency reference material such as a first aid book or information from
    Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person. Consider additional bedding if you live in a cold-weather climate.
    Complete change of clothing including a long sleeved shirt, long pants and sturdy shoes. Consider additional clothing if you live in a cold-weather climate.
    Household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper – When diluted nine parts water to one part bleach, bleach can be used as a disinfectant. Or in an emergency, you can use it to treat water by using 16 drops of regular household liquid bleach per gallon of water. Do not use scented, color safe or bleaches with added cleaners.
    Fire Extinguisher
    Matches in a waterproof container
    Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items
    Mess kits, paper cups, plates and plastic utensils, paper towels
    Paper and pencil
    Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children

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8/25/2011 Katie Lisnik
Thank you, Maddy! Preparedness cannot be overrated! A picture of you with your animals, and copies of vaccine records are extremely important. If you ever need to evacuate, do you have enough trailer space to get all your animals off in one trip? Large animal owners can also get involved with their County Animal Response Team. Often, large animal experience is needed on those teams across the state.
9/7/2011 susan miller
when we h ad irene here in nh I was farm sitting - filled all the outside tubs with water for the horses - front paddock had 200 gallons - back had a pony in it & he got a 150 gal tub (neither of which was used) also got in extra hay & grain (enough for a week) same with chicken food, cat food & dog food & fridge was full & when power went out it was only for 6 hrs & did not open it at all - had batteries for flashlights & radio - everyone came through it ok - only a small tree fire from a tansformer when it it blew - even had evac plan for large animals & pet carriers for everyone else -

"Love means attention, which means looking after the things we love. We call this stable management." - George H. Morris