Emergency Planning

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Equine Groups Band Together to Provide Feed for Hurricane-Affected Areas

February 17, 2006

(Edited press release)

Five equine organizations joined together this week 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 Federatio... Read More

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Equine Program Receives Heroes for Horses Award

February 01, 2006

The faculty, staff and students of the Equine Health Studies Program (EHSP) of the Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine (LSU-SVM) were recently nationally recognized for their efforts in assisting horses and horse owners... Read More

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Horse Owners' Needs Still Urgent after Katrina and Rita

January 12, 2006

It's a common trend--people don't break out the checkbooks months after a disaster event as readily as they do immediately after the crisis. Time passes, other calamities arise, and well-meaning donors change their focus. The salty water drowned... Read More

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Veterinarians Watch for Hurricane-Related Illnesses

December 22, 2005

With water pooling everywhere and sharp debris all around, horse owners can't help but wonder if conditions left by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita will cause an increase in illnesses such as tetanus, encephalitis, botulism, and Potomac horse fever... Read More

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Microchips Aid Horse Recovery After Katrina

December 22, 2005

Microchip manufacturers report they have experienced recent increased interest in microchips, presumably due to the microchips' help in recovering animals following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

Microchipping horses involves the use of... Read More

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Growing Grass After the Hurricanes

December 22, 2005

Will grass re-establish in Gulf Coast area pastures that were covered in murky, salty, or contaminated floodwaters for several weeks in September? That is a question agronomy researchers at Louisiana State University (LSU) aim to answer in the... Read More

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LSU and Idaho State Work Together to Reunite Katrina Pets with Owners

December 19, 2005

A group of Louisiana State University and Idaho State University students are volunteering their time to give owners personal help in searching for their pets. If you or someone you know needs assistance in searching the Animal Emergency Respons... Read More

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Christmas Giving

December 01, 2005

Two months, three hurricanes, five states, hundreds dead, thousands homeless, billions of dollars in damage. How can we understand? More importantly, how can we help? In last month's issue, we devoted many pages to covering what happened in... Read More

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Publisher Tries to Keep Equine Magazine Going After Hurricanes

November 11, 2005

For more than eight weeks, Bonnie Clark, president of the Louisiana Equine Council (LEC) and publisher of Horseman's Guide of the South Central Region, set her life aside, unpaid, to head up an operation at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center i... Read More

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Reflecting on Katrina: A New Orleans Vet's Perspective

November 09, 2005

"It's just so amazing to me that in one day, it can all be lost and suddenly you live in a dangerous place," said Allison Barca, DVM, who has served many of the equines in and around New Orleans for years. Barca's home is just north of New... Read More

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Enduring Chaos

November 01, 2005

More than 350 Louisiana horses and mules were rescued after Hurricane Katrina devastated parts of the Gulf Coast on August 29. Rescuers dealt daily with images of destruction--such as barns full of trapped horses that didn't survive the storm... Read More

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Three Days in Louisiana

November 01, 2005

As news editor of The Horse, I had asked myself: How was I to communicate to readers the enormous amount of devastation Hurricane Katrina caused to everything in her path? Her effects on people and property have been extensively covered... Read More

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Deworming Strategies and Hurricane Recovery

November 01, 2005

The level of equine parasite transmission should be diminished on pastures evacuated due to flooding, said Craig Reinemeyer, DVM, PhD, president of East Tennessee Clinical Research in Knoxville, Tenn. "Many larvae would get washed away, and... Read More

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Katrina Increases Gulf Coast Mosquito Population; WNV Outbreak Not Expected

November 01, 2005

The mosquito population of the Gulf Coast's hurricane-affected areas is expected to increase at a staggering rate, according to Joe Conlon, spokesman of the American Mosquito Control Association (AMCA). However, he added that the possibility of ... Read More

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Heroes Nonetheless

November 01, 2005

Hard to imagine, isn't it? Two severe hurricanes hitting within a month of each other. Striking within miles of each other. People we know, people we've never met--their lives are changed forever. Their stories have touched us and made us cry.... Read More

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Florida VETS Team Helping Vets and Owners

October 31, 2005

On Friday morning, Oct. 28, John Haven, Director of the Veterinary School at the University of Florida and head of the Veterinary Emergency Treatment Service (VETS) Team, said, "It's been an interesting two days. Got a call this morning from Pal... Read More

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Louis Pomes Named White Horse Winner

October 28, 2005

Louis Pomes, who worked tirelessly to find and lead abandoned horses to safety in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, was named the 2005 winner of the White Horse Award Thursday afternoon at Belmont Park. The award was bestowed upon Pomes during the... Read More

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Calder Race Course Sustains Damage from Hurricane Wilma

October 25, 2005

Calder Race Course sustained damage Monday to its clubhouse facility and parts of its stable area as a result of Hurricane Wilma, which stormed across South Florida Oct. 24. The Miami area racetrack lost power during the storm and has cancelled... Read More

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Hurricane Wilma: First Assessments

October 25, 2005

"The roads into the Keys are basically tide-dependent at this point," described John Haven, Veterinary Emergency Treatment Service (VETS) branch director, from the State Agricultural Response Team (SART) incident command post that is currently... Read More

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Wilma Moves Over Southern Florida Peninsula

October 24, 2005

Hurricane Wilma is pounding the southern Florida peninsula after coming ashore as a Category 2 hurricane early this morning (Oct. 24). As of 9 a.m. EDT, the center of Hurricane Wilma was about 45 miles southwest of West Palm Beach, Fla. The... Read More

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Hurricane Wilma Leads to Calder Cancellation

October 23, 2005

With South Florida under a hurricane warning, Calder Racecourse cancelled live racing and simulcasting Monday (Oct. 24) as the state's southwest coast awaited the arrival of Hurricane Wilma.

Track president Ken Dunn also announced that... Read More

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Growing Grass After the Hurricanes

October 21, 2005

Will grass re-establish in Gulf Coast area pastures that were covered in murky, salty, or contaminated floodwaters for several weeks in September? That is a question agronomy researchers at Louisiana State University (LSU) aim to answer in the... Read More

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Wilma Hits Mexico; Florida Should See Storm Early Next Week

October 21, 2005

Category 4 Hurricane Wilma hit portions of Mexico today (Oct. 21) with maximum sustained winds of 145 mph. Hurricane-force winds extended out from the hurricane up to 85 miles, and tropical storm winds reached outward up to 200 miles. The... Read More

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Preparing for Wilma: Intrastate Requirements for Animals Lifted in Florida

October 20, 2005

Florida agriculture officials have temporarily suspended intrastate requirements for those animals fleeing areas that could be hit by Hurricane Wilma.

Also, "Georgia and Alabama have waived the interstate requirements for those animals... Read More

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Hurricane Wilma Heads Toward the Florida Keys

October 19, 2005

Six weeks remain in hurricane season, and Nature isn't wasting any time. According to a public advisory from the National Weather Service (NWS) Hurricane Center in Miami, Fla., Hurricane Wilma is moving toward the Yucatan as a "potentially... Read More