In the event of an emergency which requires large animal evacuations The County of Los Angeles Animal Care and Control will select and activate the evacuation site to be opened. Various locations are available and are selected depending on the availability of the facility, location of the emergency and the size of the area to be evacuated. Pierce College is one of the sites available. We do not open without official activation. Sometimes the news media or social media assume that a site will be activated and spread the word without official activation. No horses can be accepted at a County operated shelter without official activation. Get the Facts! This website WILL NOT BE UPDATED during an activation event. We are not the communication source for animal evacuation incidents.
L.A. County Fire Public Information Twitter Account
L.A. County Fire Website http://www.fire.lacounty.gov/
Developing an emergency plan is one of the most important steps you can take to insure your safety and the safety of your animals. Include a shelter-in-place and an evacuation option in your plan. Get involved in community emergency response activities. Pierce College has been the site for County Equine Response Team Trainings. If a training is planned for this year, we will post information about the training here.
This is the "original" handbook written in response to the Malibu Fire. What do I do with my horse in an emergency? http://www.t-cep.org/pets/Red%20Bookhorses2004.pdf
Here is a horse emergency handout from the County http://file.lacounty.gov/SDSInter/dacc/233395_P&SEmergencyResponseERTManual.pdf
Equine Response Team provides volunteer support to the County of Los Angeles Department of Animal Care and Control for the safe evacuation and temporary sheltering and care of horses and livestock during emergencies and educates horse owners about emergency preparedness for their horses.
Why do volunteers need to be certified?
Facility owners are actually turning over their stable to the County when an evacuation center such as Pierce is opened. The County is responsible for the entire operation and for every person volunteering in the evacuation shelter. The contract between County and facility owner requires that volunteers be certified. The potential liability is quite large and the certification system was developed to manage that liability and to protect ERTs, horses and horse owners by making sure that volunteers know what to do, how to do it and when to do it.
If non-certified volunteers are pulled into the process because there aren't enough ERTs, the entire evacuation agreement is put at risk. If you work in the industry, you know that we are all one little slip-up away from dire, even life threateningconsequences. Certification is vital. More ERT Level 1 & 2 volunteers are needed so that shelters can be operated safely and in compliance with the agreements.