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Brian Dunigan rescued several dogs from the flood waters and has helped with several disasters since Katrina. Photo www.facebook.com/DisasterPetRescue.org
Brian Dunigan rescued several dogs from the flood waters and has helped with several disasters since Katrina. Photo www.facebook.com/DisasterPetRescue.org

Got Pets?
Here’s what you need
for Evacuations & Emergencies

Sep 30, 2019
by Vesta Copestakes

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Like your own emergency kit, the ones you create for your animals should include three to five days of food, water and medications. Some suggestions not mentioned frequently are good photos - especially close up so you can see unique features that make identifying your pet easier. 

Mary Gowins feeds a neighborhood cat she has taken care of for the past seven years in Paradise, Calif. on Dec. 17, 2018. “Patches” had been lost since the Camp Fire erupted on Nov. 9, 2018. Mary checked Butte County animal rescue websites daily in the hope that her beloved feline escaped the flames. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Taylor A. Workman)

CHIP your pet! Wouldn’t it be wonderful is every pet that was lost during the 2017 fire found its owner? The ones with chips were easy to identify. The ones without ... well...some never found their owners.

Dogs are the easiest to load into your vehicle. Cats the hardest because they tend to run away. Photo: by blue sky from FreeImages.

Putting a notice on your door when you evacuate let’s people know what pets live on your property. Dogs are the easiest to load into your vehicle. Cats the hardest because they tend to run away. Cats will go to small, dark places. If they wander your home and property you might consider setting up what looks like a good place to hide. So many cats were found in culverts! 

Equine Handling for Firefighters. Our goal is to make basic equine and livestock behavior, awareness and safety education available to wild-land firefighters everywhere. Photo: www.facebook.com/halterproject/photos

If you own large animals your best bet it to become familiar with Julie Atwood’s Halter Project. The trainings and Home & Ranch Readiness Days are thorough and make people less afraid. Trainings are for animal owners as well as first-responders. The project does not limit itself to large animals, but small animals are covered many places, large animals have unique needs with few other resources, so check this one out:  www.halterproject.org\(707) 318-7526,   rescue@HALTERfund.org .

Family Communication PlanANIMAL EVACUATION KITS

Small Animals

Keep these with your family evacuation kit

• List of animals on property in the event you are not home

• ID for each pet: registration, photo, proof of your ownership

• Laminated emergency contact list (vet, work contact information)

• Vaccination records, emergency cash, map of area

• 3-7 days feed, water & bowl for each animal

• Leash & collar for each cat & dog

• Carrier for each cat & dog, label each carrier with your ID

• Muzzle for each cat & dog

• Pillowcase & shoelace for each cat or reptile (easier to catch)

• Large DRY cotton bandana for eyes

• Cover for bird cages

• Litter & disposable pan for cats

• Blankets, bedding for pets, toys & comfort items (items the smell like home)

• Stakes, tie outs

• Newspaper, paper towels

• Tools: small pet First Aid Kit, scissors, duct tape, pocket knife, flashlight & batteries, leather gloves

Download Family communication Plan pdf here:   https://www.cdc.gov/cpr/readywrigley/documents/family_communication_plan.pdf

 

Large Animals

Keep these in a bucket in the barn

• List of animals on property in the event you are not home

• ID for your animals: livestock crayon, fluorescent spray paint or duct tape (use your name or phone number)

• Laminated emergency contact list (vet, farrier, work contact information)

• Vaccination records, emergency cash, map of area

• 3 days feed & water for each animal, cotton or leather halter & lead rope

• Fly mask, large DRY cotton bandana for eyes

• Blankets

Tools: large animal First Aid Kit, large pair of scissors to trim mane & tail, wire cutter, mall roll lightweight wire, duct tape, zip ties, hoof pick, hoof knife, pocket knife, flashlight & batteries, leather gloves

If you have not already set up neighborhood groups to prepare for emergencies...it’s never too late. If we escape this fire season we never know when an earthquake or the next flood will hit. With Climate Change, emergencies are more prevalent so being prepared and READY can make the difference between surviving and thriving. 

The last several months of the Gazette have each featured emergency survival lists and suggestions. Log on to our website  www.SonomaCountygazette.com   and search for FIRE - or EMERGENCY to find articles if you have not kept back issues and cut out our lists and suggestions.

 

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