Evacuation Guide & Resources

Please see below for important instructions and helpful links

 How Our Hotline Works: 

Call Our Hotline - (805) 892-4484

In the event the hotline is busy with another call, please leave a detailed message with your phone number, exact location, and the type and number of large animals in need of transport. We will return your call promptly and coordinate help.


do not delay

Our team responds to calls in the order received, with careful attention to the safety of our trained volunteers. The sooner you call for help in evacuating your large animals, the safer they will be.

please be advised

We closely follow orders by law enforcement agencies to ensure safety of operations. If a governing authority/agency issues a road closure, we may not be able to access your facility in order to perform an evacuation.

Evacuation Guide

You can download & print your guide or follow the instructions below:

If possible, bring the following:








Lead Rope

Let us know the following:


Decide if you plan to feed or would like our staff/volunteers to feed for you.


Specific instructions on special needs, when necessary.


Personality of your animal/s: jumpy, mouthy, aggressive, etc.

Where to go & What to do:

Earl Warren Showgrounds

Gate C

3400 Calle Real – Santa Barbara, CA 93105


From the Freeway-side, look for our sign at the entrance.


Please pull up to the Stop sign and remain calm.


Please wait for someone to come to you with the necessary forms/information.

Helpful Resources

During a major disaster such as a fire, it is important to evacuate as soon as possible. The websites linked below are intended to assist you in gathering information to determine your level of danger and the public resources responding to the incident. They may provide helpful information in the event of a major emergency or disaster:

Emergency Notifications

When fires and other emergencies happen, it is important that our county is able to warn you. Our best tool for this is the Aware and Prepare system, but you have to sign up.

UC Davis Horse Report

Horses & Wildfires special report Fall 2022. Information on approaches to planning for and responding to natural disasters in California.

Cal Fire

The Department of Forestry and Fire Protection serves and safeguards the people and protects the property and resources of California.

Santa Barbara County Fire

Our local fire department stands ready to serve the people of Santa Barbara county with professionalism, dedication, and pride.

Santa Barbara County Sheriff

Our Santa Barbara County Sheriff/Fire Air Support Unit group conducts law enforcement, search and rescue as well as fire missions throughout the year.

County Office of Emergency Management

SBCOEM is a division within the County Executive Office and is responsible for emergency management and coordination of the Santa Barbara Operational Area.

Alamo Pintado Equine Medical Center

Local equine hospital features state-of-the-art surgical facilities and the latest in diagnostic imaging, regenerative medicine, and crucial wellness care.

County Animal Services

Our county’s animal services branch aims to establish and maintain a safe and healthy environment between humans and animals in Santa Barbara County.

The services provided by SB Equine Evac are free of charge. Our organization is funded entirely by private donors. Funds and supplies donated to SB Equine Evac are tax deductible and go toward the procurement of feed for animals sheltered during disaster, as well as bedding, supplies, and safety equipment necessary to carry out our mission.

Get in Touch

(805) 892-4484

Mailing address

P.O Box 60535
Santa Barbara, CA 93160

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Volunteer With Us!

To become a volunteer with SB Equine Evac you must:

  1. Be at least 18 years of age
  2. Get sworn in by an officiate of State of CA as service disaster worker
  3. Complete our Volunteer Application and Waiver forms
  4. Attend one of our Volunteer Training Sessions