If your property is under a mandatory or advisory evacuation order, and you need to have your horses evacuated call Santa Cruz County Animal Services: 454-7303 #1.   If they are not available call 911 to activate our unit.


Fact Sheet

October 2015

During the Summit, Martin and Trabing fires in 2008, our Equine Evacuation

Unit evacuated over 500 horses and many other animals and livestock.

Only about 20 horses had to be evacuated by our organization during the

Lockheed fire in 2009, because our community was much better prepared

and had made plans for their animals in case of a disaster.  

180—Registered OES Trained Disaster Workers with horse trailers and trucks available for emergency use when activated by the County Office of Emergency Services

35— Amateur  Radio Evac Members (Hams)

9—Trailer Teams

All Disaster Workers have received Office of Emergency Services Training regarding SEMS-Standardized Emergency Management System and ICS-Incident Command System. Evac members have attended workshops on loading unwilling horses, trailer safety and maintenance and had opportunity to have a free trailer inspection by a local trailer repair expert. Additional trainings have been provided in the past that covered emergency first aid for horses and tips on what to do if the vet can’t get there.

Trailer Team Leaders meet periodically to plan strategies. They keep in regular touch with their team members.

We have been activated for two flooding situations and four fires. During our largest single activation we successfully evacuated over 240 horses in approx. 8 hours during the Summit Fire in May 2008.

The Emergency Services Manager, Rosemary Anderson (454-2715), will authorize call outs for any size emergency in which we are required. If you can not reach her call 911. Clearance must be made through her office. Trailer team members can chose NOT to be involved with every emergency.

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Santa Cruz Equine Evacuation Unit works under the auspices of the Santa Cruz County Office of Emergency Services, and in cooperation with the Santa Cruz Animal Services Authority