Evacuations from wide spread fire continue across the Western United States, along with hurricane evacuations and damage in the South. We hope that horses and their humans in the path of these disasters can stay safe. Here's a few resources that may help answer immediate questions. If you have other resources you would like to share, feel free to post them in comments here or on our facebook page.
HCW Livestock Evacuation checklist and articles:
Horse evacuation checklist
How to help horses deal with smoke from UC Davis: Wildfire Smoke and Horses
U.S. air quality monitoring, current conditions: AirNow
Wildfire status by region: Montana, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, California, Alberta, British Columbia
Livestock relief and resources for disaster victims:
United States Department of Agriculture
Montana Department of Agriculture - This website also lists livestock donations needed: hay haulers, fencing supplies, etc. Montana Hotline (non-emergency): 1-844-515-1571 - The line will have someone available from 8 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday.
Texas Hurricane livestock information and relief: Texas Animal Health Commission, Texas Thoroughbred Association
Florida Hurricane livestock information and relief: Florida Horse.com
American Association of Equine Practitioners: Hurricane relief, services, donations
Find your local fire departments, law officials, and news agencies on social media and sign up for all available alerts.
From the EPA web page: Know how to get emergency alerts and messages before you need them:
- FEMA Wireless Emergency Alerts - FEMA works with US cell phone carriers to send free emergency texts to cell phones (that can get text messages) within range. You don't have to sign up to receive the messages.
- en español: Alertas - Sistema de alerta de emergencias (de FEMA)
- Emergency Alert System - is a public warning system that uses existing TV, radio, cable, and other systems to send critical messages to the general public. Messages are local or national, depending on the situation.
- NOAA Weather Radio - is a nationwide network of radio stations broadcasting continuous weather information directly from the nearest National Weather Service office. NWR broadcasts official Weather Service warnings, watches, forecasts and other hazard information 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
To help with relief efforts, please contact a local, reputable coordinating agency. Ask before sending items or volunteering so as not to disrupt current efforts. Local food banks and animal rescues are great places to contact, in addition to The American Red Cross and other agencies—ongoing help will be needed and very much appreciated.