Equine owners who are affected by COVID-19 may be hospitalized or quarantined with illness and they may not be able to care for their large animals. Owners should make plans in advance with neighbors, friends or relatives who are able to provide essential support feeding, watering and cleaning. If needed, Equine Emergency Evacuation teams are ready to provide help if all else fails.
Call the EEE Emergency Hotline – 833-922-9333 to request assistance. EEE Dispatchers will direct resources to your location. EEE can also transport your equines to another address in the area even if no official evacuation has been declared. Direct contact with volunteers is not required.
Are You and Your Horse Ready for Emergency Evacuation?
Equine Emergency Evacuation of Yavapai County
The EEE Mission is to provide the best possible outcomes for large animals affected by disasters in Yavapai County.
THE HARD FACTS
Your animals count on you to do the right thing.
The Yarnell, Doce, Goodwin and Viewpoint Fires in recent years were large and newsworthy. In 2019, there were actually seven named fires in the County. The Sheridan and Cellar Fires came close to developed areas. Trusting in Luck is not a sound strategy for you or your animals.
Staying in place during an evacuation can be extremely dangerous. Analysis of human fatalities during Hurricane Katrina found conclusively that many human deaths were attributable to owners being unwilliing to evacuate because they would not leave their animals and had no means to evacuate them. It is one thing to possibly resign yourself to an awful fate, but you are also responsible for the well-being of your animals.
Yavapai County is very large. It is almost as big as New Jersey. Much of the County is rural and remote. Roads conditions, distances and topography can be challenging. Owners should not assume that a call for assistance will result in a timely response when an incident occurs. Owners need to be clear-eyed and objective about caring for their animals in an emergency.
Many owners do not have a horse trailer to evacuate their animals. It is estimated that as many as one third of the horses in the County do not have a means of evacuation.
EEE is an all volunteer group that seeks to evacuate and transport large animals during emergencies and incidents. They have limited operational capabilities. Do not rely on them for evacuation.
Large Animal evacuation is the responsibility of each owner. Do not expect the County to evacuate your animals.
Doce Fire 2013
equine emergency evacuation of yavapai county
Equine Emergency Evacuation of Yavapai County (“EEE”) is a tax exempt, all-volunteer organization that has been created to assist equine owners in the event of wildfire and other emergency situations.
EEE is a Community Organization Active in Disasters (COAD) which is a FEMA designation. EEE volunteers are at the direction of Yavapai County Emergency Management and it obtains prior permissions from the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office Incident Command to transport large animals out of evacuated areas. EEE transports animals both pre- and post incident in addition to official evacuations declared by Incident Command.
Doce Fire 2013