BRING YOUR ANIMALS TO THE ANIMAL EVACUATION CENTER OR CALL IF YOU NEED ASSISTANCE We help with animals Large or Small If you are having an emergency call 911 or Nevada County Dispatch 530-265-7880 For general information about NCVDRT, please call 530-477-6506
THINGS YOU CAN DO TO GET YOUR ANIMALS SAFELY OUT
1. Be sure that your driver's license shows your current street address. If not, go to the DMV and get an address card to carry with your license. If your animals are boarded someplace other than your residence, there is currently no way for you to gain access to the area during a fire.
2. You must have a pet carrier, leash or halter/lead for each animal. Always keep them together in an easily reached place.
3. Train your animals to tie, lead and load into a car or trailer.
4. Each animal needs ID such as collar tags, microchips or spray paint. Do not make your information visible. It is a good idea to have a picture of you with your animal.
5. If you have a good defensible space, consider keeping animals there, rather than attempting to evacuate. Never confine animals in a barn, as they can die from smoke inhalation.
6. If you do evacuate, you need to make sure that each animal - and you - have evacuation boxes with supplies likely to be needed in an evacuation emergency. In these boxes you need to have medication, medical records and first aid materials. Also have leashes, food, water, bowls cat litter and pan (or newspaper to make into a cat pan), can opener and bedding.
7. During fire season, weigh the risks and benefits of leaving gates latched but not locked and leaving driveway gates open.
8. Never believe that someone will come to your premises to save your animals. Your friends will not be able to get past the roadblock. There won't be time for our crews to circulate through the area. YOU NEED TO GET YOUR ANIMALS TO SOMEWHERE HELP WILL BE AVAILABLE!
9. If you find yourself at a roadblock arguing with the CHP/Sheriff trying to get back to your animals, take a deep breath and think. Remember that your goal is to get your animals out safely. Perhaps the sheriff could let the animals out of the barn, or ferry our crew to lead them out, or help with some other solution.
10. Listen to KVMR (89.5 FM) - they are our emergency broadcasting system. We may have radio repeat instructions regarding evacuation sites, locations of roadblocks and phone numbers to call for help. If you have internet, check YubaNet Fire News and Happening Now.