During and Following
The health and safety of
those around the barn always come first. There is a poster in the main office with a list of contact numbers and procedures
on which you should go by if you get warning or go through one of these disasters happen at NPS. Everyone staying at NPS should
get themselves familiar to the procedures for and evacuation for any of the following reasons:
In the Event of a
Do not enter buildings that
are already burning—smoke inhalation will slow you down and possibly kill you. Contact emergency personnel immediately.
Report changes in wind direction, speed and fire behaviour. Post a look out for possible dangers. Have the trailer hitched
and pointed toward the road. Leave barn doors unlocked and key’s in the ignition. Put halters on the horses and keep
gates unlocked but secure. If the barn looks as if it will burn before the emergency personnel will arrive, release the horses
to a safer location i.e. If possible a paddock away from the general direction of smoke and embers of the fire. If the barn
is already on fire wait until the emergency personnel arrive to handle the situation. NEVER enter a building
that is already burning.
If caught out in the open
when the fire hits, seek areas with sparse vegetation or bare ground. Lie face down in a depression and cover yourself with
anything that will protect yourself from the heat. Avoid trying to outrun the head of a fire, instead watch for slower burning
flanks. Do not attempt to control the animals (dogs, horses, ect.) that are with you. Let them go free—they will have
a better chance of escaping the fire.
In the Event of an
During the quake remember
to Drop, Cover or Hold On. Once the tremors have stopped, take a good look around. Do not enter buildings that may have become
unstable during the quake. The animals on the farm will be frightened and need reassurance. If an animal has become injured
or trapped, call emergency personnel immediately. Be prepared for aftershocks.
In the Event of a
If you receive notice of
rapidly rising water, move all animals, feed and water to higher ground. Escape routes may be cut off quickly so avoid leaving
the horses standing in water or in areas that may be easily cut off by the flood.
If You Must Leave
Post a highly visible sign
(either on a window or a door) letting rescue workers know the breeds and quantity of horses which remain. Leave plenty of
food and water in an adequate container that cannot be tipped over. Place extra food close to the horses so rescue workers
may feed them daily. Do not tie horses or leave them confined in an area that may easily destroyed. Loose horses on roads
or highways can be easily injured and interfere with emergency rescue vehicles, so the horses should be directed a safer area
such as a pasture.
If Your Horse Becomes
Immediately call or visit
the nearest animal shelter or emergency command post. When deemed safe, return to the neighbourhood surrounding the farm to
post and distribute lost horse(s) posters, which include name, address, phone number and a picture of the horse(s) in question.
Animals may stay hidden for weeks, so be patient and continue searching your area.
If You Find a Lost
If you should find a lost
animal, please notify the local animal shelter as soon as possible and be prepared to give a full description of the animal.
(i.e. colour, breed, sex, ect.) and it’s location. Remember that sick and/or injured animals can become unpredictable
from stress of injury, and should be handled by a professional familiar with proper handling techniques.
Before Disaster Strikes:
- Reduce hazards.
- Maintain a firebreak around all buildings.
- Mow weeds and trim trees which reside close to any buildings.
- Regularly clean roofs and gutters.
- Repair exposed wires, rotten supports and blocked waterways.
- Post No Smoking signs.
- Clearly label all shut-offs.
- Store combustibles such as hay, straw, wood, shavings and/or gasoline away from animal barns.
- Remove overhanging trees that may fall on animals or buildings.
- Keep an Adequate water source.
Identify Your Horses
Keep your horses vaccinations
and photo’s current, papers and other identifying documents in a safe and easily accessible location. Brand, freeze
marking, tattoo or microchip horses for ID.
All personnel staying at
NPS must know where to find the emergency equipment. There are ladders, shovels, rakes, water buckets, flashlights and lanterns,
blankets and 100 feet of hose are stored and clearly marked near each building. Restraining equipment such as cotton halters,
cotton lead ropes, whips, blind folds, fence panels and electric fencing and electric fencing units are also stored near each
building and are clearly marked. A portable first aid kit and battery powered radio’s are stored in the main room in
each building and are clearly marked inside those rooms.