Emergency Planning

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Rebuilding Signals Growth for Fair Grounds

November 24, 2006

Of all the challenges that Fair Grounds president Randy Soth has faced over a 25-year career in Thoroughbred racing, none has equaled the experience of rebuilding the New Orleans track following the destruction of Hurricane Katrina.

Soth... Read More

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For Katrina Survivor, Keeping Horses Safe Means Miles of Separation

September 18, 2006

The equine Katrina evacuee snorted and bit into an apple. Her owner, Shelby Wilson of New Orleans, beamed with pride as she related how Fara, a large white Arabian mare, suffered the ravages of the storm one year ago but now has returned to good... Read More

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Katrina Still Affecting Louisiana Racehorse Sales, Breeders

August 31, 2006

One year ago all eyes were on the Gulf of Mississippi and the path of Hurricane Katrina. The category four storm made landfall in New Orleans Aug. 29 while many of Louisiana's breeders and consignors were attending the Fasig-Tipton Texas summer... Read More

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Post-Katrina Images from the Gulf Coast

August 30, 2006

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Wading Through Katrina's Aftermath

August 30, 2006

Charbonnet Mid-City Carriages' trucks were gassed and ready to evacuate horses and mules yesterday (Aug. 29) from New Orleans, La., as Hurricane Ernesto began its move toward the United States. Fortunately, the storm didn't track toward the... Read More

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Remembering the Victims, Heroes of Hurricane Katrina

August 29, 2006

One year after Hurricane Katrina pounded the Louisiana and Mississippi coasts, we pause to reflect on what horses and horse owners endured on August 29, 2005, and in the following days, weeks, and months. Katrina scattered buildings and life in... Read More

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"Thank God We Got Out!"

August 29, 2006

One Recovery Story From New Orleans

Foresight, planning, and quick action allowed 72 horses to be rushed from Equest Farm in New Orleans, La., to safety before Hurricane Katrina hit on this day last year. Among the stories of... Read More

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Recovery...of Sorts

July 01, 2006

Same storm, starkly different effects. There was a very different disaster area waiting for me in coastal Mississippi than I saw in Louisiana eight months earlier, and recovery has been markedly different. In both regions, all forms of life were at... Read More

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Hurricane Update: Healing Storm Scars

July 01, 2006

The ghastly, distressing images on network television and in newspapers aren't there to haunt our daily lives, but post-Katrina destruction remains a bitter reality for many horse owners in the Gulf Coast region. For some, the wounds of Katrina... Read More

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Conference Stresses Disaster Planning and Large Animal Rescue

June 09, 2006

The 2006 National Conference on Animals in Disaster (NCAD) was held May 31-June 3 in Arlington, Va. The event was hosted by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and was sponsored by a variety of animal rescue organizations. More than... Read More

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Hurricane Pony Receives Prosthetic Limb, Helps Kids

May 11, 2006

Molly, a 15-year-old Appaloosa pony, survived Hurricane Katrina when it hit Louisiana. She was rescued from her pasture near New Orleans after the storm and given a new home with Pony Paradise. However, Molly's storm tragedy didn't end there; a... Read More

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Carriage Company Rebuilds

May 01, 2006

The horses and mules rescued last September from the flooded stables of Charbonnet Mid-City Carriages ushered in Valentine's Day in Baton Rouge and Mardi Gras in New Orleans to the delight of many residents in hurricane-stricken Louisiana.... Read More

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Permanent Identification

May 01, 2006

Hurricane Katrina taught us many lessons. Serving as the Horse Unit Coordinator for the Louisiana Department of Agriculture's State Veterinarian's Office after Katrina, I received a much-needed education in permanent identification and the benefits... Read More

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Bloodhorse.com "Morning Line" Takes You Behind the Scenes at the Kentucky Derby

April 28, 2006

Beginning Monday, May 1, and running daily through Derby Day, Saturday, May 6, bloodhorse.com introduces Morning Line, a new feature designed to bring the horses, people, and places of... Read More

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HSUS Announces Additional Katrina Recovery and Rebuilding Grants

April 17, 2006

On April 14, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) announced more than $800,000 in additional grants to organizations working on pet welfare issues in the Gulf Coast. The HSUS is providing $445,000 in recovery and rebuilding grants to... Read More

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Television Program Will Highlight Katrina Recovery

April 06, 2006

Tonight (April 6), "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" will feature the New Orleans' 9th Ward community after the August 2005 devastation of Hurricane Katrina.

"After the Storm: New Orleans" will appear at 8:00 p.m. (9:00 p.m. CDT) on ABC.... Read More

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Groups Band Together to Provide Hay for Hurricane Victims

April 01, 2006

Five equine organizations joined together in Feburary to provide 6,500 bales of hay to nearly 800 horses in Vermilion Parish, La., that were affected by Hurricane Rita. The United States Equestrian Federation, the American Association of Equine... Read More

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Lessons Learned From the Hurricanes

April 01, 2006

Microchips were helpful in reuniting horses with owners after the 2005 hurricanes, but it was usually because owners had proof of horses' microchip numbers. Since 1994, the Louisiana Department of Agriculture & Forestry (LDAF) has required... Read More

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New Beginnings

April 01, 2006

If you had never been to Louisiana before, you might drive through the southern countryside today, passing sugarcane fields and oil refineries, and across bridge after bridge spanning a seemingly endless swampland, without too heavy of a reminde... Read More

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New Orleans Carriage Company Rebuilds

March 14, 2006

The horses and mules rescued last September from the flooded stables of Charbonnet Mid-City Carriages helped usher in Valentine's Day in Baton Rouge and Mardi Gras in New Orleans to the delight of many residents in Katrina- and Rita-stricken... Read More

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Helping Horses & Horse Owners Affected by Katrina and Rita

March 08, 2006

Help horse-owning Hurricane Katrina and Rita victims by contributing to groups earmarking funds.... Read More

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Louisiana Termite/Mulch Rumors Untrue

March 07, 2006

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An e-mail warning the public about Formosan termite-infested mulch from southern Louisiana has been circulating online this week. Louisiana Department of Agriculture & Forestry (LDAF) officials are... Read More

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AAEP Foundation Helps Feed Gulf Coast Horses

March 06, 2006

The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) Foundation announced on Feb. 22 a donation of more than $26,000 to two relief efforts for horses affected by hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Both efforts are providing hay and other supplies t... Read More

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Horse Owners' Needs Still Urgent After Hurricanes

March 01, 2006

Salty water drowned pastures in Louisiana and Mississippi months ago, but the needs of horses in areas left incapacitated by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita remain critical, say area veterinarians and residents. Most Gulf Coast horse owners need... Read More

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Making the Most of Microchips

February 22, 2006

ID numbers should be in a searchable database

While microchips were helpful in reuniting horses with owners after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, it was generally because owners had proof of horses' microchip numbers. Since 1994,... Read More