Preparing for Disaster

The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) reminds horse owners and veterinarians that when an emergency or natural disaster strikes, it is in the best interest of the horse for everyone to be prepared. With this in mind, the AAEP updated its online equine emergency and disaster preparedness resources in light of the Atlantic hurricane season. To access these materials visit www.aaep.org/emergency_prep.htm.

Items available include the AAEP's "Hurricane Equine Evacuation" informational plan, which provides resources for those living in coastal states, as well as the association's popular "Emergency and Disaster Preparedness Guidelines."

"As we've learned from recent disasters, preparedness can mean the difference between life and death for humans and horses alike," said James Hamilton, DVM, AAEP Emergency and Disaster Preparedness Committee chairman. "Housing for animals, food and water supplies, and evacuation transportation options are just a few of the key decisions that should be made before an emergency occurs."

For more information on emergency preparedness guidelines contact Keith Kleine, AAEP director of industry relations, at 859/233-0147 or kkleine@aaep.org.

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American Association of Equine Practitioners

AAEP Mission: To improve the health and welfare of the horse, to further the professional development of its members, and to provide resources and leadership for the benefit of the equine industry. More information: www.aaep.org.

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