BE PREPARED WELL BEFORE YOU HAVE TO EVACUATE * Set up an evacuation plan in your neighborhood. If you or a neighbor is not home during an emergency evacuation you can help each other.
* Keep a copy of all evacuation instructions in your home, in the barn, with your neighbors, with your alternate contact person, and take a copy with you when you evacuate. * Make pictures of you (and your family) with your animals and keep them current. Create evacuation instructions for all your animals including name, breed, color, distinguishing marks, your name and contact information, and feeding and care instructions.
* Make up an evacuation kit for your family and animals. In each kit you should include medications (be sure to keep fresh medications in your kit), toiletries, change of clothing, first aid kit, drivers license and/or identification card showing your current address, and any other important papers. Include flashlights, portable radios, and batteries. Include enough food (& can opener) and water for your animals. Include enough food and medications for one week. Include a litter pan and cat litter for your cats.
* Have a collar/leash, halter/lead and/or carrier for each animal. Store them where every family member can find them even in the dark along with evac instructions.
* Take pictures of valuable possessions including license plates from vehicles and serial numbers from other items.
* Train your animals to tie and to lead and/or load into a car, truck or trailer.
* If you own a trailer, if possible, keep your car/truck backed up to it for easy hookup, facing out and with a full tank of gas.
* If you own horses or other large animals and you do not have a trailer, make arrangements ahead of time for someone to loan you a trailer or help you evacuate your animals.
* 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. Leave ample food and water in case no one can get to them for several days.
* If your driver's license or identification card shows only a P.O. Box you may not be able to return to the evacuated area without proof of residency, so consider getting an address card from the DMV.
The evacuation team is available to assist you for incidents other than community wide disasters. Call 530-477-6506 for more information.