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Preparing pet owners and their pets for the next disaster

Posted at 11:18 AM, Aug 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-04 14:18:43-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Do you have a disaster plan for what to do with you, your family and your pet? The Central California Animal Disaster Team (CCADT) public information officer Jeff Kermode said the average person was not prepared in wake of July's major earthquakes.

To get more people and pet owners prepared for the next disaster CCADT partnered with Bakersfield Pawsitive Connections and Robert Heely Construction to host a free workshop Sunday from 12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. to help pet owners create an action plan for the next disaster.

Kermode said topics for Sunday's seminar will include:
- What you need for a go bag before a disaster. Food, pictures of you and your pet, medication, leashes, crates anything else your pet used on a daily basis.

- What to do when a disaster happens. Where to go, how to get there, who is in charge of bringing what, who are the backup people to help in case you're away.

- Practicing your plan. Having a plan only works if you know the plan.

- The dangers of not leaving right away. The best time to leave is as early and soon as possible. Making sure you're signed up for the proper alerts so you have as much time as possible to get to safety.

If you would like to sign up for the free workshop you can do so here. The event is inside Robert Heely Construction's seminar room at 5401 Woodmere Drive, Bakersfield.