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Contra Costa County CERT Program Unit 10 – Pet Preparedness Released: 12 August 2011.

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1 Contra Costa County CERT Program Unit 10 – Pet Preparedness Released: 12 August 2011

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

3 Visual 10.2 Disaster Preparedness for Pets Why pets matter Keep your animals safe Identify evacuation locations Secure your animals Keep your animals alive Keep your animals healthy Provide a clean, safe place ID your animals and yourself Get additional training Get your city prepared for pet evacuation Whats next?

4 Visual 10.3 Why Pets Matter 63% of all US households own pets Before Katrina, 25% of pet owners failed to evacuate (during mandatory evacuation) Before Katrina, 40% of pet owners left pets behind (during mandatory evacuation) Before 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...

5 Visual 10.4 Pets in Disasters "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

6 Visual 10.5 Pets in Contra Costa CityPopulationHouseholdsDogsCatsBirdsHorsesOtherTotal Antioch101, ,95124,9783,7851,8924,05056,656 Brentwood40,91215,3238,88710,1131, ,64022,938 Clayton10,9824,1132,3862, ,157 Concord124,79846,74127,11030,8494,6742,3375,00169,971 Danville42,80916,0339,29910,5821, ,71624,002 El Cerrito23,4078,7675,0855, ,124 Hercules23,3608,7495,0745, ,097 Lafayette24,3179,1075,2826, ,634 Martinez36,81813,7907,9989,1011, ,47520,643 Moraga16,4356,1553,5704, ,215 Oakley28,26510,5866,1406,9871, ,13315,847 Orinda17,7976,6663,8664, ,978 Pinole19,6047,3424,2594, ,991 Pittsburg62,60523,44813,60015,4752,3451,1722,50935,101 Pleasant Hill33,63812,5997,3078,3151, ,34818,860 Richmond103,01238,58122,37725,4643,8581,9294,12857,756 San Pablo31,34411,7396,8097,7481, ,25617,574 San Ramon51,02719,11111,08512,6131, ,04528,610 Walnut Creek66,50124,90714,44616,4382,4911,2452,66537,285 Unincorporated161,57460,58235,13839,9846,0583, ,691 Total1,020,434382,185221,667252,24238,21919,01940,894572,131

7 Visual 10.6 Identify Evacuation Locations Safe distance from home Coordinate with Neighbors Define Tasks Identify Pet Friendly Hotels Identify Boarding Kennels and Ranches

8 Visual 10.7 Evacuation 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.

9 Visual 10.8 Secure Your Animals 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 Outdoors Holding Area Obtain Materials to Create Holding Area Identify & Remove Hazards

10 Visual 10.9 Keep Your Animals Alive 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

11 Visual Keep Your Animals Healthy 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

12 Visual Provide a Clean, Safe Place 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?

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

14 Visual Whats Next? Animal Response Training through Concord CERT DART – Disaster Animal Response Team Learn pet first aid Noahs Wish American Red Cross American Safety Academy 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 Get your city prepared for pet evacuation

15 Visual Unit Summary Why pets matter Keep your animals safe Identify evacuation locations Secure your animals Keeping your animals alive Keeping your animals healthy Provide a clean, safe place ID your animals and yourself Get additional training Get your city prepared for pet evacuation


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