Horse owners asked to complete survey on emergency plans

Survey closes Nov. 23

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Horse owners are being asked to take a survey on their emergency preparedness so both they and others in the equine sector are better prepared to handle a crisis situation.

“The importance of developing an equine emergency structure for Alberta was demonstrated recently with the wildfires in Fort McMurray,” the Alberta Equestrian Federation said in a release.

A survey of horse owners and custodians from the Fort McMurray area following the fire found less than a quarter of them had an emergency plan. And while a majority said they will be creating a plan as a result of the wildfires, they are looking for assistance in developing one.

“The resilience of the horse industry depends on all of us taking action, working together to prepare and plan for the next emergency or disaster,” said Sonia Dantu, executive director of the equine federation.

To take the survey, go to the Alberta Equestrian Federation website. The survey closes Nov. 23.

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