Poll Recap: Weather Emergency Plans

Poll Recap: Weather Emergency Plans

Many of this week's poll respondents indicated that they planned for “other” weather-related emergencies, including wildfires, winter-related emergencies, and high winds.

Photo: Jay Calderon

Last week, we asked the readers of TheHorse.com which weather-related emergencies they prepared for on their horse facilities. More than 350 people responded, and we’ve tallied the results!

Of the 388 respondents who answered the poll, 123 individuals (32%) said they have plans in place “other” weather-related emergencies, including wildfires and blizzards. Another 104 people (27%) said they have plans for tornadoes, and 88 individuals (23%) have emergency plans for flooding situations. Only 16% of respondents (63) said that they had emergency plans for hurricanes, while the remaining 10 individuals responding to the poll (3%) had emergency plans for mudslides.

Additionally, more than 100 people commented about the weather-related emergencies they have planned for.

Many people discussed their plans for fire-related emergencies:

Poll Results

  • “We have to plan for forest fires.”
  • “Wildfires”
  • “Forest fires.”
  • “Fires and disasters which cut us off from hay delivery.”
  • “Wildfires in sage brush country.”
  • “Summer wildfires.”
  • “Brushfire.”
  • “Wildland fire!”
  • “Fire. We live in rural area which is very dry because of drought in Texas.”
  • “Lightning, which causes fires in the forest.”
  • “Fire. We have recently moved to a place that has lot of wildfires.”
  • “We have to plan for fire evacuations here in the West.”
  • “Drought-related brushfires are a threat every summer.”
  • “Fire. We had two of the largest fires in Colorado's history in the last two years”

Others commented about planning for winter emergencies:

  • “Extreme cold and snow, frozen water, and a blocked driveway.”
  • “Blizzards with high winds.”
  • “Power failure with any severe weather, including snow.”
  • “Extreme amounts of snow.”
  • “Ice storms.”
  • “Snow storms.”
  • “Power outages from blizzards rarely happen, but water has to be available for horses no matter what.”
  • “Extreme cold.”
  • “Ice storms and power outages.”
  • “Snow load on barn roofs.”
  • “High winds, cold weather, and snow,”
  • “The rare but debilitating Southern snow storm.”

Several people commented on other weather-related problems they plan for at their horse facility:

  • “Earthquakes.”
  • “High winds and loss of power, which means no water from wells.”
  • “Drought.”
  • “Power failures.”
  • “Muddy fields.”
  • “Wind knocking trees over.”
  • “Mud and frozen gates.”
  • “High winds.”
  • “Wind storms are about the worst we get around here in Astoria, Ore.”
  • “Hail.”
  • “Power outages. We're on well water, so we need to prepare and have plenty in containers”
  • “In the Arizona desert the biggest concern is excessive heat along w/occasional heavy rains in summer.”
  • “Even though we are in the dry Southwest, flash floods can be devastating to nearby stables.”
  • “Heavy rain and windstorms.”
  • “I'm afraid of fires although we've never had one. We are not in a flood zone, but we got flooded 2013.”
  • “In southeast Texas we have an evacuation plan for hurricanes and wildfires.”
  • “My horse has ID and contact information attached to him when tornadoes are forecast.”
  • “Tornadoes. You can't do much except leave the horses out to avoid having them trapped in a barn.”

Others left general comments about emergency and disaster preparedness:

  • “Horses are always loose in the pasture. Not much else you can do when a tornado drops in the area.”
  • “Hurricane Andrew, a Category 5 monster, really made me appreciate nature's power!”
  • “You must have some place else to house the horses and find hay.”
  • “My boarding stable is in an area that does not have any of these problems.”
  • “I love this area of South Carolina; too far for hurricanes, no mudslides, few tornadoes, just fire ants.”
  • “Florida: lots of weather, good, bad, and ugly. Our horses are microchipped and loose in the pastures.”
  • “For all of those disasters, I have a plan for it!”

Do you have an emergency plan in place in the event that severe weather or a natural disaster occurs? We’ve compiled 10 severe weather resources to help with you prepare your horses and farm for disasters before they even occur. 

This week we want to know – when do you plan to start your horse’s spring conditioning? Vote now and share your comments at TheHorse.com! 

The results of our weekly polls are published in The Horse Health E-Newsletter, which offers news on diseases, veterinary research, health events, and in-depth articles on common equine health conditions and what you can do to recognize, avoid, or treat them. Sign up for our e-newsletters on our homepage and look for a new poll on TheHorse.com.



About the Author

Jennifer Whittle, TheHorse.com Web Producer

Jennifer Whittle, TheHorse.com Web Producer, is a lifelong horse owner who competes with her Appaloosas in Western performance events. She is a University of Kentucky graduate and holds a bachelor’s degree in Community Communications and Leadership Development, and master's degree in Career, Technical, and Leadership Education. She currently lives on a small farm in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky.

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