EMERGENCY EVACUATION PROTOCOL
What to do when an emergency situation occurs
Large Animal Owners need to be aware of what they should do to be ready for an evacuation situation WHEN one occurs.
YOUR LEAST SAFE OPTION IS TO DO NOTHING. During the 2019 Camp Fire, a number of the human fatalities were related to the fact that the owners did not evacuate because they did not want to leave their animals behind. It is one thing to possibly resign yourself to an awful fate, but you are also responsible for the wellbeing of your animals.
Sheriff’s “READY, SET, GO” Emergency Notification System
Request for Assistance
Learn what information the EEE Dispatcher will be asking you.
1. SELF-EVACUATE. Self-evacuate to a pre-arranged location of a friend, relative, acquaintance or boarding stable. To make it an even safer choice, preparations to evacuate should begin at the “READY” signal and departure should begin then or at the “GET SET” signal. Traffic in the area near the incident is likely to be heavy if you wait for the “GO” signal. If the “Go” signal never happens, you have had a realistic practice drill and probably will learn how to do things even better. If you have not already done so, join the Red Alert program by clicking on the SIGN UP button.
2. GET WITH YOUR “BUDDY”. If you have pre-arranged with a horse-owning “buddy” who lives near you, now is when you execute your plan to help each other. We suggest in pre-planning that you find a friend or neighbor to help you if you are away or don’t have enough trailer slots for your animals.
3. FOLLOW YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD EVAC PLAN. If you are involved with or have set up a neighborhood evacuation plan then this is the time to get in contact with those in your organization who can help you. Go to AWARENESS PROGRAMS page for more information.
4. CALL EEE EMERGENCY HOTLINE:
This should be your last evacuation option. This hotline is only for the emergency evacuation of large animals. If you have any other issues, please call 911 or your veterinarian. Before you call, view our “Request for Assistance” to know what information the EEE dispatcher will be asking you. There are only a few questions, but it will save a lot of time when time is short if you are ready to answer. It is a good idea to print out the Questionnaire or copy the questions on paper, (and fill out your answers).
5. SHELTER-IN-PLACE. If your animals must stay, know how to have them shelter-in-place. There are things you can do for yourself and your animals to have the best outcome. View our SHELTER-IN-PLACE page for instructions.