One Minute Disaster Tips One Minute Disaster Tips

06 September 2011


More quick tips:

  • Spray paint phone number on horse with non-toxic paint
  • Braid contact info in tail on water proof tag
  • Hook info to halter in water proof bag
  • Hoof brand phone number on hooves

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One Minute Disaster Tips - When a disaster strikes it sends victims into a confused sate of frenzy in the aftermath. I speak at public events on many topics but one is the importance of ID and being able to prove ownership at a moment’s notice.

One of the things I ask people to do ahead of time is to make an ID prevention packet. The packet includes

  • copies of important papers such as registration papers, ID registrations (microchip, brand, tattoo etc.) vet records
  • pictures (winter, summer, dirty clean & all four sides with special markings)
  • copy of current coggings,
  • and any other kind of paperwork that can ID you as the owner of the horse

Seal the information in a big brown envelope. Mail the envelope to yourself. When you receive the copy file it in a safe place until you need the information. You may want to put a copy in your safety deposit box for safe keeping for situations where a house may be lost. Hopefully you will never need to use the ID packet.

Once you have completed this process you will have a Poor Man's copyright that if not opened (so that chain of custody is not broken) may be used in court of law if needed.

Most importantly in a disaster situation you have all of your information at hand for each horse so that you do not have to look it up when you are not thinking straight.

We do have disaster tips on Go to the tool bar, click on the SERVICES tab and then RESOUCES, DISASTER TIPS. You will find a PDF document that you can easily download.

Hope this helps.

Debi Metcalfe
Stolen Horse International 

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