June 1st is the official starting date for hurricane season. As a common lover of horses and other animals Shoo-Fly is bringing you a survival guide to help you outlast the worst type of storm a hurricane! Everyone knows hurricanes are unpredictable, but just because hurricanes are doesn’t mean you have to be. Here is how you can protect your loved ones from the smallest to worst storms possible.
Step 1. Preparation
Being prepared for a hurricane is about taking precautions, for example having a disaster plan ready in place could do wonders for you. Having your horse up to date on vaccinations should be very high on your to-do list. Pack an emergency barn kit including but not limited to a hammer, saw, screw driver and anything else that you yourself think you could need. Pack enough hay, water and feed for 3 week for your horses and other animals. Placing cover on all windows and providing extra support to weak points around your land should be done right away.
Step 2. Know your surroundings
Do you have neighbors? Get to know them and formulate a plan for any and all horses. Knowing who your emergency respondents are can be the difference between a disaster and a solution. Trim any and all tree branches that could crumble any structure. Remove all non necessary items from the walls and floors of your barn. Where to keep your horse and horses is a judgement call, depending on the structure of your barn and the weather that will help you in making this decision, remember to make an educated decision and factor in all choices.
Step 3. Stock up supplies
Stock up on all supplies as soon as possible. Items like food, water, batteries, blankets, matches, radio, flashlights can help you not only survive the storm but withstand the after effects.
Step 4. Pay attention
Paying close attention to little details can greatly increase your chances of not only survival but also decrease the chances of damage affecting your home and barn. Staying tuned into the weather as well as the news is vital in times like this.
Step 5. The aftereffect
After the storm has passed the next few days is a lot of work and can be overwhelming depending on the severity of the storm. Make a plan of what is a priority and what can wait for a few days. Cleaning up trash, fixing broken structures and watching out for dangerous debris like downed power lines can be very dangerous if the right precautions are not taken.