Sunday’s course- Disaster Planning

The course I took on sunday was put together by Equi-Health Canada

It was the Disaster planning and Emergency Preparedness Course


“A MUST for any livestock owner, this course will train you in fire prevention, planning for and executing save evacuation procedures, hidden dangers and responding to first aid emergencies. It also covers what to do in natural disasters such as flooding, ice storms, hurricanes, tornadoes and more.  Don’t be unprepared – we can help you help your animals.  This course is suitable for any livestock operation, not just horses.”

These are not cheap courses but they are solid and good.. they send you home with homework and work to do on your own place, they are a great mix of learning and hands on..

I really like this about the course, you get to do drills and hands on with the horses and work in the barn and more.. Sorry, I did not take any photos at the session this time..


Just like in the Horse first aid course,  *which I took last year where you get to do it hands on.. it was a busy full course.

The biggest take a ways for me was..

a) you have 30 seconds to get your horse out of the barn and if not, move on.

b) move the horses that will allow it to move, no fighting, if it will not go.. leave it (an yes I know that is a hard things to wrap my head around)

c) once you see flames and or certain other warning signs, you have three min before it will go up and you and everyone is done.. Its not like the movies or shows.. get out of the barn.

D) save the give up horse that has its head down, they have much less likely smoke lung damage, and if they have a window, they will put their noses to the window for clean air, and remember the smoke is as deadly as the flames.

e) Peaple First, Call for help and then help what you can otherwise, get out!

Bottom line, once there is a fire, its done.. its all about prevention!

When it comes to the others things, pack and leave while its a asked for evac, because onces its a forced leave, they will care only about you and nothing about the critters..

Most excellend idea, keep a big fat black marker or fabic marker to write your name – number in dark or white colors (depending on the critters color) on the necks of your horses and remember that you must have proof of ownership to get them back..

PS, when it comes to the micro-chip, its the last recorded owner that gets the critter, regardless of how long the animal has been owned or lived with you.. change your data on the chips!


comment Rebecca, worth adding right here

Good tips! Re. getting them back: Scan or take LEGIBLE photos of sale/adoption pics, and email them to yourself, along with pics of the animal and CUs of any distinguishing marks (scars, too) and identification tag/tattoo/chip numbers. Hardcopies kept in vehicles can be lost to flood, fire and other issues, and are only a backup. With electronic versions, all you have to do is hit print or play for two minutes and have a “missing” poster to send out or paper the world with. If they have a medical need or prescriptions (humans, too), scan/pic those, too.

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4 Responses to Sunday’s course- Disaster Planning

  1. Reblogged this on Just another Day on the Farm and commented:

    Last night I reposted a post I did 5 years ago on basic information in regards to it being prepared just in case and went into a lot more detail in regards to things that history shows us can happen in Canada.

    Today I am going to repost a post I did from last year where I took a day course and came home with at home study book and planner on tips on what to do in regards to livestock. The focus of this post was touching more on barn fires as there had been a lot of them that winter, with many animals lives lost.

    However there was very good information in the booklet in regards to flooding and livestock as well.

  2. All really good information and thanks for the refresher!: )
    Okay, so how funny is this? At first glance, I’m looking at the horse in the photo and thinking that it’s Bo, and then a split-second later it’s, No, this is a repost and you didn’t have a dapple back then… Just a bit of foreshadowing, or what?

  3. Pingback: Canadian Emergancy Preparedness Week | Just another Day on the Farm

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