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  1. LamorindaCommunity Emergency Response Team Unit 10: Pet Preparedness Released: 28 August 2019 Lamorinda CERT

  2. Community Emergency Response Team Personal safety is ALWAYS the number one priority Work as a team Wear PPE – your personal protective equipment …gloves, helmet, goggles, N95 mask, boots, etc. The CERT goal is to do the Greatest Good for the Greatest Number Hope for the best but plan for the worst Lamorinda CERT Visual 10.1

  3. Why Pets Matter • 63% of all US households own pets • During Katrina, 25% of pet owners failed to evacuate (during mandatory evacuation) • During Katrina, 40% of pet owners left pets behind (during mandatory evacuation) • During Katrina, 70% of those pet owners attempted to return to rescue their animals • After Katrina, 61% of pet owners state they will not evacuate without their pets • Pets Matter, Because People Matter... Why Pets Matter Lamorinda CERT Visual 10.2

  4. "During Hurricane Katrina, tens of thousands of animals became homeless or perished. Many pet owners stayed with their pets and perished," Rep. Chris Shays, 2006 • The Pets Evacuation and Transportation Standards (PETS) Act – introduced by Rep. Tom Lantos (D-Calif.) and Rep. Chris Shays (R-Conn.) – requires the inclusion of companion animals in disaster planning at the state and local levels. • It was signed into law by President Bush on October 8, 2006 Pets in Disasters Lamorinda CERT Visual 10.3

  5. Your Home May Be Compromised • Create Controlled Environment • Have Kennels / Evac-Sacs in a Safe Place • Assign Retrieval Tasks to Family Members • Have Buddy System • Exchange Keys / Plans With Neighbor / Pet Sitter • Identify Safe Outdoor Holding Area • Obtain Materials to Create Holding Area Secure Your Animals Lamorinda CERT Visual 10.4

  6. Safe distance from home • Coordinate with Neighbors • Define Tasks • Identify Pet Friendly Hotels • • • • • • Identify Boarding Kennels and Ranches Identify Evacuation Locations Lamorinda CERT Visual 10.5

  7. Evacuate with your animals • PETS Act: Mandatory evacuation of pets with human animals • If you are not home: • You may not be home when the evacuation order comes; find out if a trusted neighbor would be willing to take your pets and meet you at a prearranged location. Evacuation Lamorinda CERT Visual 10.6

  8. Store animal food (2 weeks) • Airtight, waterproof containers • In secure area • Store extra water (2 week supply) • Not in direct sunlight • Water that is unfit for human animals is unfit for ALL animals • Food and water bowls • Paper towels, dish soap, disinfectant Keep Your Animals Alive Lamorinda CERT Visual 10.7

  9. Pet first aid kit • Medications • Ask vet about his/her disaster plan • Blankets • Toys and treats • Plastic poop bags or cat litter and litter trays Keep Your Animals Healthy Lamorinda CERT Visual 10.8

  10. Dogs and cats • Collapsible crate or kennel • Harness, leash and cable screw / stake • Horses, swine, cattle • Halter and lead rope • Bedding material • Manure fork • Birds, reptiles, rabbits • Cage liners • Evacuation cage or carrier • Fish? Provide a Clean, Safe Place Lamorinda CERT Visual 10.9

  11. ID your pets • Put an ID tag on collar • Microchip each pet • Vet contact • Vaccination records / spayed or neutered • Register your pet – • ID yourself • Take photos of yourself with your pets • In wallet • In emergency kit • With loved one outside of district ID Your Animals and Yourself Lamorinda CERT Visual 10.10

  12. Put these 3 items in a Ziplock bag and keep them with your pet: Travel ID Baggie Lamorinda CERT Visual 10.11

  13. Put these 3 items in a Ziplock bag and keep them with your pet: Travel ID Baggie Lamorinda CERT Visual 10.12

  14. Put these 3 items in a Ziplock bag and keep them with your pet: Travel ID Baggie Lamorinda CERT Visual 10.13

  15. Pets Left in Cars Lamorinda CERT Visual 10.14

  16. Section 597.7 of the Penal Code Signed into law 26 Sept 2016 • (a) A person shall not leave or confine an animal in any unattended motor vehicle under conditions that endanger the health or well-being of an animal due to heat, cold, lack of adequate ventilation, or lack of food or water, or other circumstances that could reasonably be expected to cause suffering, disability, or death to the animal. • (b) (1) This section does not prevent a person from taking reasonable steps that are necessary to remove an animal from a motor vehicle if the person holds a reasonable belief that the animal’s safety is in immediate danger from heat, cold, lack of adequate ventilation, lack of food or water, or other circumstances that could reasonably be expected to cause suffering, disability, or death to the animal. • (2) A person who removes an animal from a vehicle in accordance with paragraph (1) is not criminally liable for actions taken reasonably and in good faith if the person does all of the following: • (A) Determines the vehicle is locked or there is otherwise no reasonable manner for the animal to be removed from the vehicle. • (B) Has a good faith belief that forcible entry into the vehicle is necessary because the animal is in imminent danger of suffering harm if it is not immediately removed from the vehicle, and, based upon the circumstances known to the person at the time, the belief is a reasonable one. • (C) Has contacted a local law enforcement agency, the fire department, animal control, or the “911” emergency service prior to forcibly entering the vehicle. • (D) Remains with the animal in a safe location, out of the elements but reasonably close to the vehicle, until a peace officer, humane officer, animal control officer, or another emergency responder arrives. • (E) Used no more force to enter the vehicle and remove the animal from the vehicle than was necessary under the circumstances. • (F) Immediately turns the animal over to a representative from law enforcement, animal control, or another emergency responder who responds to the scene. Pets Left in Cars Lamorinda CERT Visual 10.15

  17. CCCART – Contra Costa County Animal Response Team • Learn pet first aid • American Red Cross • ARF – Animal Rescue Foundation • Many local instructors • Take FEMA courses • IS-10 – Animals in Disaster, Awareness and Preparedness • IS-11 – Animals in Disaster, community Planning • IS-111 – Livestock in Disasters • • Join animal rescue groups What’s Next Lamorinda CERT Visual 10.16

  18. Why pets matter • Keep your animals safe • Secure your animals • Identify evacuation locations • Keeping your animals alive • Keeping your animals healthy • Provide a clean, safe place • ID your animals and yourself • Pets left in cars • Get additional training Unit Summary Lamorinda CERT Visual 10.17