Ventura County residents can count on occasional natural or man-made disasters. El Niño winters followed by Santa Ana wind driven firestorms coupled with the periodic earthquake, oil spill, mudslide or haz-mat incident are facts of life in Ventura County.
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Animals, particularly our companion animals, need to be included in any and all emergency planning. Livestock, especially horses must be considered when laying in water and food supplies or planning for evacuation. Have you thought about how you are going to get your animals out if the event occurs while you are away from home? Do you know the safest route to escape your neighborhood during a firestorm? If the water supply is cut off do you have a plan for providing water to your animals? If forced to evacuate where can you go with your animals? How are you going to carry your 5 cats when you only have 2 cat carriers? Your horses won't fit in your Mustang convertible, so how will you get them to safety?
These are just a few of the questions that we hope you have given thought to. Just in case you haven't really planned ahead as well as we might desire, we have been planning and training for you. With the help of volunteers we are available to assist in most emergencies but we cannot be counted on to get to every home to rescue every animal. You have to make some plans and arrangements ahead of time. The links below will provide you with much of the information that you will need for disaster pre-planning.
During actual declared disasters or emergencies we will activate our 24-hour disaster hotline at 1-866-EVRT911 (866-387-8911). The Department can be reached anytime, day or night at 805-388-4341 or 888-223-PETS (888-223-7387) for any emergency involving an animal.
Many websites, articles, periodicals and books are devoted to preparing yourself and your family (including your animals) for disaster. The links below represent the best information available for disaster preparedness:
- Download our "Disaster Evacuation Information" pdf
- The Ventura County Fire Department has excellent tips on pre-planning for disasters
- Ventura County Sheriff Office of Emergency Services,
- The American Red Cross also has excellent information you need for disaster preparedness
- FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency)
- Cal. Veterinarian Medical Association - Planning Brochures
- HSUS - Livestock (Humane Society of the United States)
- Pet Owners Read This! It's all about BEING PREPARED! (article)
- Treating Storm Phobia in Dogs...LOUD NOISES! (article)
- Fire Safety Prevention and Preparedness for Pet Owners (article)
- American Humane Association - Emergency Services
- ASPCA - Disaster Preparedness
- Humane Society of the U.S. - Disaster Preparedness
- Noah's Wish - Saving Animals in Disasters (Disaster Response for Animals)
- American Red Cross - General Pet Safety Tips
- Ready America - Comprehensive Pet and Animal Emergency Planning
- EVACUATE MY PET - About Animal Evacuation