EQUINE EVACUATION GUIDELINES. 2003 Cedar, Paradise, Otay Firestorm Lessons Learned. 10,000 acres per hour, 2.7 acres per second, 20 miles per hour (3 football fields per second) 16 lives, 2430 structures, 376,237 acres, $654,000,000 in lost property value
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The Equine Response Team is a group of qualified, trained, certified volunteers whose purpose is to augment department resources through the safe evacuation of livestock from areas imperiled by disaster or emergency under the authority of the Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care & Control. The group also works to educate large animal owners on how to be prepared in case of an emergency.
LACDACCERT Contact: Mary Lukins (818) 991-8065
The California Highway Patrol will ensure that emergency response vehicles can safely deploy and citizens can safely exit the area as requested by the Sheriff’s Dept.EQUINE EVACUATIONDecisions must be made:
Local animal owners must mobilize and activate their own and/or neighborhood evacuation plans EARLY during the “voluntary evacuation” stage.EQUINE EVACUATIONDecisions must be made:
Access to well maintained trailers, barns and stalls. Post critical numbers and emergency contact info at barns and have evacuation authority agreements with neighbors.
Prepare identification for horses (photos, papers). Tag horses prior to evacuation and keep ID info with you so you can recover animals.
Train yourself and your horses to load and offload.
Prepare emergency supplies, food and water for 72 hours.
Equine Disaster Preparedness Kit including: portable radio, cell phone/charger, flashlights, batteries, portable generator, water buckets, stored feed and meds, leads, halters, shanks, leg wraps, blanket or sheet, hoof pick, tarps, shovel, sharp knife, wire cutters, water hose, soap, basic equine first aid kit.EVACUATION PLANDo you have one?A good equine evacuation plan includes the following:
Have small animal carriers with adequate ventilation and water available.
Keep a flashlight and portable radio with you at all times and stay tuned to your local news station.EVACUATION PLANPreparation Ahead of the Fire
Be aware that fire IS UNPREDICTABLE and can turn back on itself.
AFTER THE FIRE PASSES
Check the exterior and roof of home and barn immediately, extinguish all sparks and embers. If you must climb on the roof, use caution.
Check inside the attic for hidden burning embers.
Check your yard for burning woodpiles, trees, fence posts or other materials.
Have horses vet checked as soon as possible. (Smoke damage, stress, colic.)IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO EVACUATE WHEN A FIRE APPROACHES
Contact the following web sites:
www.vetmed.ucdavis.edu/ceh (Horse Report, April 2004)
www.hsus.org “Disaster Preparedness, Horse Evacuation”
www.etinational.com/docsandforms.html “What Do I Do With My Horse in Fire, Flood or Earthquake”
Contact Mary Lukins, Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control at 818 991 8065 or your nearest LACDACC Animal Shelter
Level One (10 hours)