SMC LARGE ANIMAL EVACUATION GROUP (SMCLAEG)  


San Mateo County's rural areas are an important part of its character.  It is important that the County's emergency planning efforts include provisions for the evacuation of livestock in the event of a wildfire or flood.  The San Mateo County Large Animal Evacuation Group (SMCLAEG) is the county's designated volunteer resource for large animal evacuation.  Our mission is to transport large animals out of harm's way in order to lessen the burden on emergency services.


SMCLAEG members are experienced animal handlers, trailer drivers, licensed HAM operators, First Aid / CPR certified and CERT trained.  The group meets monthly and holds 3 - 4 training sessions or drills each year to strengthen and refresh members' skill sets.  Typical training topics are trailer maneuvering, HAM radio use, and animal handling.


SMCLEAG has established relationships with designated large animal holding areas throughout the County.  As with all emergency response, preparedness and planning are key.  We urge all large animal owners to have a well thought out emergency plan --- and, then practice your plan!


SMCLAEG may be activated to respond to an emergency by Fire personnel, Sheriff's Office personnel or through the Office of Emergency Services (OES). For more information on large animal emergency planning or on how to get involved in SMCLAEG, visit our website at www.smclaeg.org or contact Kris Thoren.


For information on how to get involved in the CEC and to be included on our e-mail list, complete this form and send it to pocoffey@earthlink.net.

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