When planning for the worst, don’t forget your pets

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The Red Cross will hold an emergency preparedness workshop on Sunday, Feb. 19 in Echo Park.  But this workshop is focused on pets – not people. “At the event, we will encourage concerned citizens to mobilize to create a community disaster plan with local considerations, including a plan for pets,” said Erica Helson, Preparedness Education Manager for the Los Angeles branch of the Red Cross  “Resources from participating organizations will be made available to support continuing efforts.”

Helson shares a few details of the disaster preparedness advice that will be covered at Sunday’s Prepare “Ur Pet workshop:

  • Get a Kit: Following a major disaster, our access to water will be disrupted. It’s important to have water not only for yourself, but also for your pets. One gallon per person per day is recommended. Generally, the same amount is recommended for animals (more for large pets, less for small ones). It’s also important to store extra food for your animals, as stores may be closed for days or weeks.
  • Make a Plan: Your family should have an emergency plan in place, including evacuation routes and emergency meeting locations. Include pets in drills so that they become accustomed to evacuating.
  • Be Informed: Know that most Red Cross shelters cannot accept pets because of health and safety concerns and other considerations. Service animals that assist people with disabilities are allowed in Red Cross shelters. Plan now for where you will take your pet if ordered to evacuate.

Click here for workshop details.

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