How We Rode Out Hurricane Irma
Just as you need to take care of yourself and your family during a hurricane, we need to do the same. This means prioritizing the care of our horses.
Each company had its own evacuation procedures. Our member companies took early measures to ensure the flooding would not touch our horses as storm surge damage from Hurricane Irma affected downtown Charleston.
Broderick Christoff, owner of Charleston Carriage Works, packed up his horses and headed inland on Thursday of last week in preparation for Hurricane Irma. He said, "We are taking all of our horses inland to just outside of Columbia. They will be in big fields with no trees and plenty of space. We will leave them out there until the storm does whatever it is going to do and then we will basically execute the reverse... With this storm it is really hard to tell which way it is going to go, whether it's a 3 or a tropical storm, so when it's like that we just take the safe route."
Old South Carriage Company had a plan A and a plan B. Debbie Compton, owner of Old South Carriage Co. said, "Plan A was to shelter in place at our John's Island plantation. Plan B was to evacuate from the path of the storm. We were able to secure several alternative locations outside of the storm's path. When we determined a reliable storm track, we executed the most appropriate plan which was to shelter in place. Our herd was transported to Sugah Cain, their regular home, and turned out to pasture. Several employees volunteered for hurricane duty which entailed supervision and safekeeping of the horses throughout the storm."
Not only did we ensure the safety of our own horses as Irma pounded Charleston, last week we began efforts to help other horses impacted by the recent hurricanes striking our nation. As Hurricane Harvey left Texas in devastation, we wanted to aid in the equine relief efforts. Palmetto Carriage Works launched a supply drive for the horses and livestock impacted by Hurricane Harvey. For more information click here.