Emergency Plans


Are you prepared?

Your horses are your responsibility. In Manitoba there is no designated government or disaster agency responsible for the evacuation, transportation and temporary stabling of horses during large scale incidents. In the case of wildfires, extreme heat, winter storms or flooding, the following is a reminder of the general order of responsibilities when assistance is required:

Step 1

Producers/operators/community representatives/individuals are the first point of responsibility to deal with their own emergency situation.

Step 2

If individuals cannot provide appropriate response to their emergency situation, their local municipality is the first point of contact for emergency-related information and assistance.

Step 3

If the local municipality cannot handle the situation, the municipality will contact Emergency Measures Organization (EMO) for assistance. All municipalities should have EMO’s contact information. If EMO requires Agriculture’s assistance, they will assign an issue to the department’s Emergency Planning Leader, who then works with the department’s Executive Management Committee to direct activities to address the emergency.

If animals are in distress, please contact the Animal Care Line at 204-945-8000 (in Winnipeg);  1-888-945-8001 (toll free) or [email protected].

The Animal Health Emergency Management (AHEM) project has recently released its new resource, Emergency Response Procedures for NON-DISEASE RELATED EMERGENCIES. The 10-page document was developed to provide producers and animal caregivers with guidance on preparing for and responding to:

  • structure fires and wildfires
  • flooding
  • power grid and utilities failures
  • severe drought, and
  • livestock vehicle transport accidents.

Emergency preparedness and response resources


Financial assistance resources



Organization Name


Contact information

Manitoba Agriculture

General department inquiries, application form for programs inquiries

[email protected] or

1-844-769-6224 toll free

Animal Care Line

Animal welfare emergencies, animal health and wellness inquiries

[email protected] or

1-888-945-8001 toll free;

(204-945-8000 in Winnipeg) 

Disaster Financial Assistance (DFA)

currently only applicable to 2022 spring blizzard/flooding

DFA Program financial assistance inquiries

[email protected] or

1-888-267-8298 toll free;

(204-945-3050 in Winnipeg)

Manitoba Agricultural Services Corporation (MASC) Centres  Insurance, lending, farmland school tax rebate, wildlife damage compensation, management plus program inquiries

Contact a specific office by visiting the MASC website here.



The following information from Manitoba Agriculture is to help horse owners prepare for evacuations as the result of natural disasters, fire and other disasters:

This information is intended to help the horse owner prepare for evacuation. Your personal preparedness for yourself, your family and your home is not covered in these publications.  

Are you covered to transport horses?

Automatic Coverages included with your MHC membership:

  • The Personal Liability coverage includes non-commercial care, custody and control of up to a maximum of 3 non-owned horses including Legal Liability for Non-Owned Horses of $10,000.00 per horse/ $50,000.00 per accident.
  • Transportation Insurance for Non-Owned Horses protects against lawsuits for death of someone’s horse while you are transporting that horse subject to a limit of $10,000.00 per horse / $50,000.00 per accident and excluding commercial transportation of horses.


MHC Emergency Help for Equines & Equine Owners

Manitoba Horse Council has maintained a resource list of individuals and businesses that have generously offered to aid equines and equine owners in an emergency situation (eg. flood evacuation) by providing temporary stabling / acreage for equines, or equine transportation.

Please be aware that immediate assistance may not be possible in every situation. Should you foresee the need for evacuation of your equine(s) and require assistance, please contact the MHC office as soon as possible so that if a crisis does arise, you are by then prepared and have made arrangements with those providing support.

Note: This does not constitute emergency veterinarian care or regular situations and duties overseen by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) or city police (911)

How do I obtain emergency assistance for my equine(s)?

Contact the MHC office at (204) 925-5718

MHC will provide contact details of those able to provide assistance closest to where you / your equine is situated

Contact the refuge / transportation provider(s) and make arrangements

Note: MHC has no involvement in the arrangements made between you and the refuge / transportation provider

Refuge / transportation providers will not all be able to provide the same accommodations or services, including the number of equine(s) they are able to assist

You may likely be required to provide your own care for your equine(s) at the refuge provided 

I would like to provide emergency assistance. How can I help?

Are you willing and able to provide help to equines / equine owners in an emergency? Please contact the MHC office. Your name and details will only be released to those seeking assistance.

THANK YOU to all for your generosity and willingness to lend a hand to those in need.

Remember: When providing assistance or refuge to unknown equines, or boarding your equines at an unfamiliar property due to evacuation, be sure take proper safety and biosecurity measures. Please see the Biosecurity page for more information. 

Emergency Action Plan

Does your equestrian facility or property have its own Emergency Action Plan (EAP) in place?

Customize an EAP for your facility or property today! An EAP should be available to all clients, coaches, and others who access your site. Download a template below provided by the Equestrian Canada/NCCP Coaching program.

Emergency Action Plan (EAP) Info

Emergency Plan Required for all EC Competitions

Emergency planning is required of all event organizers, no matter the level of competition. It involves five stages:
1. identification of potential risk (in and out of our controls),
2. prevention of risk,
3. the response or solution,
4. mitigation of the problem, and
5. finally recovery or back to play.

The purpose of this guide is to provide all Canadian competition organizers and officials with a consistent base plan and guidelines including specific mandatory responses in cases such as lightning or a catastrophic accident to horse or human.  Each competition, event and discipline has its own identity and specific needs. This is recognized and appreciated and the expectation of Equestrian Canada is that each competition will have its own unique emergency action plan appropriate to its own needs but incorporating those mandatory requirements. It is an Equestrian Canada rule that every competition has an emergency action plan.

EC Emergency Planning and Action Plans - Competition Guide (PDF)


Responding to Animal Disasters
A presentation example provided by the Alberta Government and Alberta Equestrian Federation.





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