Horse SA has a number of web pages dedicated to a number of emergency preparation aspects. Horse owners are responsible for their horses during any natural disaster. Preparation, Planning and Practice of plans are essential to increase you and your horse’s chance of survival.

Large Animal Rescue



My Horse Disaster Plan


PIRSA has recently developed a strategic document outlining the Management of Animals in Emergencies



Care of your horse during and after a flood   floodalert.pdf

Prepare with info from:

Tips for clean up (floodwater is dirty water)


Horse owners should have an emergency plan for their family, property and horses which includes decisions on if and when to evacuate horses, and where to go in the event of such evacuation. Pre-planning could include a “paddock buddy” who is located in a low-risk area and can take your horses at short notice.

An alternative place to take horses may be an equine evacuation centre. A Local Council, any local community (horse) group or a range of not-for-profit organisations could be the people responding to and assisting in the management of equine evacuations and sourcing of temporary housing.

An equine evacuation centre may be set up to remove horses from a major hazard e.g. approaching fire front, during an emergency or as part of a recovery activity.

Horse SA has developed a guide which is flexible and adaptable  and can be used in full or part. It is NOT endorsed by Government.

Feedback on the guide is welcome to

Horse SA template for setting up an  Equine Evacuation Centre  EQUINE_EVAC PLAN_31.12.13

Horse SA does not expect to implement or carry out the establishment of an equine evacuation centre. Horse SA is not in a position to do so. An evacuation centre for horses best people at the time according to the type and location of the disaster, which is most likely to be local horse owners.


Does your horse club help members by practicing evacuation drills? The idea is modelled on drills that are practiced by USA riding clubs. This would take place with a set number of club member’s horses, known in advance.

Preparation for the drill would require

a) at least one planning meeting

b) sourcing of 8 – 10 volunteers

c) briefing of club members a couple of weeks prior to the drill



Date/time/venue  TBA


  • Horse owners to practice an evacuation drill
  • Horse owners to practice putting together an equine evacuation kit
  • Horse owners practicing transporting horses
  • Venue managers to try out logistics with using their venue as an equine evacuation centre
  • Build capacity in your local community to respond to a disaster or request for assistance by an adjoining region

Sample timetable:

8.45 am                         Volunteer registration, induction & training

9.30 – 10.30 am          Horses arrive, checked in, ID, through sample vet inspection

10.30                              Morning tea

11.00                              Guest speaker e.g. SES or CFS

11.30                              Show’n’tell  evacuation kits brought by horse owners

12.00                              Conclusion


General links:

Emergency Management Australia

National Planning Principles for Animals in Disasters   (Australia)

Livestock Emergency Guidelines & Standards  (International)

WSPA   The Case for Preparadeness

Pintrest:  Disaster Plans & Kits