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     PLACE A "PET ALERT STICKER" AT YOUR FRONT DOOR  for anyone coming to evacuate your pets.  It will inform them of how many and what type you have in your house.   You can download a copy from www.sbcounty.gov/acc.  Select the Disaster Preparedness Link and scroll to "Pet Alert Sticker".  Be patient as it's a slow download on a dial-up connection.

Good site for info:  www.evacuatemypet.com/.

Plan Ahead

It may be difficult, if not impossible, to find shelter for your animals in the midst of a disaster, so plan ahead. Do not wait until disaster strikes to do your research.  Also, plan for the possibility that you may not be home when an evacuation is called.  Find a neighbor you can trust to pick up your pets and bring them to you at a predetermined location.

Dogs and cats should always wear properly fitting collars, personal identification, rabies, and license tags. Make sure all the information on the tags is current. Keep a leash handy for each dog and cat in your home. Consider using a harness for better control of the animal.  They will react to your stress and may be unpredictable during the evacuation.

 

Birds, reptiles, and pocket pets may require special carriers to maintain them during the evacuation.  Remember to take bedding material.

 

Decide where to take your horses in advance. Contact fairgrounds, equestrian centers, and private farms/stables about their policies and ability to take horses temporarily in an emergency. Have several sites in mind. Familiarize yourself with several evacuation routes to your destination.  Identification is critical!  If your horse does not have a permanent tattoo, you can use a tag on the halter or neck band, put the information on duct tape and stick on horse, or just write on the horse with permanent marker if you have nothing else.  Make sure to include your name and phone number and take the identification papers with you when you evacuate because you might need to claim your horse later.

Additional horse evacuation tips can be obtained from the Humane Society of the United States www.HSUS.org  You must consider different types of disasters and whether your horses would be better off in a barn or loose in a field. Your local humane organization, agricultural extension agent, or local emergency management agency may be able to provide you with information about your community's disaster response plans as it relates to large animals.

Here’s a checklist of the basic tips on evacuations which can be used for all types of animals.

·         Have your animal carrier or horse trailer ready.  If a fire is in your area, you might want to make arrangements in advance of the evacuation to have it nearby.  Your animal needs to be comfortable and not frightened by being placed in the carrier or trailer.  Practice the procedure in advance.

·         Inform friends and neighbors of your evacuation plan.

·         Place your Pet Information Sheet, photos, and related papers in a watertight envelope and store it with your other important papers that you will take when the evacuation happens.  If you have a horse, take its Coggins tests with you.

·         Keep leashes and halters at the ready.

·         Put together a basic first aid kit that is portable and easily accessible.

·         There may be times when taking your animals is impossible during an emergency.  Contact the organizations we’ve provided to find the tips for that possibility. 

ORGANIZATIONS INVOLVED WITH ANIMAL EVACUATION

The following list is just a sampling of the groups who provide information on animal evacuations.  Each is a good source when investigating disaster preparedness for your pets and livestock.

The American Red Cross  (ARC) http://www.redcross.org/services/disaster/beprepared/animalsafety.html

The Red Cross sets up most disaster shelters for evacuees but do not take animals.  They will have information on the local groups who might be able to take your animals but it’s always better to prepare in advance in the event that their referrals have no room for your pets.  There are two chapters serving San Bernardino County: 

American Red Cross
High Desert
Chapter
16248 Desert Knoll Dr.
Victorville, CA 92395

American Red Cross
Inland Empire Chapter
202 W. Rialto Ave.
San Bernardino, CA 92408

E-mail: contact@highdesertredcross.org

E-mail: arcinlandempire@verizon.net

Phone: 760-245-6511

Phone: 909-888-1481

Fax: 760-245-3180

Fax: 909-888-6321

Web site: http://www.archighdesert.org

Web site: http://www.arcinlandempire.org

 

American Humane Association www.americanhumane.org/   Animals, as well as people, are often victims of disasters. Through an agreement with the American National Red Cross, AHA provides on-site rescue and relief for animal victims of disaster. AHA maintains an Emergency Animal Relief Fund to provide desperately needed funds to local animal welfare agencies attempting to meet animals' needs when disaster strikes.      

The Humane Society of the US 1-202-452-1100 http://www.hsus.org/hsus_field/hsus_disaster_center/ or The Humane Society of San Bernardino Valley 909-386-1443 www.hssbv.org.   The Humane Society of the United States is the nation's largest animal-protection organization, with more than 3.5 million constituents. The HSUS was founded in 1954 to promote the humane treatment of animals and to foster respect, understanding, and compassion for all creatures.

 

Create a Pet Disaster Plan

The following information has been prepared by the Humane Society of the United States in cooperation with the American Red Cross.

Our pets enrich our lives in more ways than we can count. In turn, they depend on us for their safety and well-being. Here's how you can be prepared to protect your pets when disaster strikes.  Planning and preparation will enable you to evacuate with your pets quickly and safely, but bear in mind that animals react differently under stress.

Different disasters require different responses. But whether the disaster is an earthquake or a hazardous spill, you may have to evacuate your home.  In the event of a disaster, if you must evacuate, the most important thing you can do to protect your pets is to evacuate them, too. Leaving pets behind, even if you try to create a safe place for them, is likely to result in their being injured, lost, or worse. So prepare now for the day when you and your pets may have to leave your home.

Often, warnings are issued hours, even days, in advance. At the first hint of disaster, act to protect your pet.  Call ahead to confirm emergency shelter arrangements for your pets.  Check to be sure your pet disaster supplies are ready to take at a moment's notice.  Bring all pets into the house so that you won't have to search for them if you have to leave in a hurry. Make sure all dogs and cats are wearing collars and securely fastened up-to-date identification. Attach the phone number and address of your temporary shelter, if you know it, or of a friend or relative outside the disaster area. You can buy temporary tags or put adhesive tape on the back of your pet's ID tag, adding information with an indelible pen.

Create a Pet Disaster Supply Kit 

Have it ready whether you are away from home for a day or a week as you'll need essential supplies. Keep items in an accessible place and store them in sturdy containers that can be carried easily (duffle bags, covered trash containers, etc.). Your pet disaster supplies kit should include:

·       Medications and medical records (stored in a waterproof container) and a first aid kit.

·       Sturdy leashes, harnesses, and/or carriers to transport pets safely and ensure that your animals can't escape.

·       Current photos of your pets in case they get lost.

·       Food, potable water, bowls, cat litter/pan, and can opener.

·       Information on feeding schedules, medical conditions, behavior problems, and the name and number of your veterinarian in case you have to foster or board your pets.

·    Pet beds and toys, if easily transportable.

 CREATE A LIST OF VITAL PET INFORMATION IN ADVANCE.  You may be required to provide this information at the location you are sheltering your animal.   Fill out one document for each animal, large or small.  Use the blank lines for information specific to your breed.  Place this document, along with the photos with your familys personal information and the other important papers that you can  grab it and go when the evacuation happens.  Also, why dont you keep a copy at another location in case you forget to take it? 

YOUR PETS VITAL INFORMATION

Pets Name

Breed, Size and Age

Distinguishing Marks

ID Tag, License, Microchip or Tattoo

Vaccinations (including Rabies)

Medications and Special Instructions

Veterinarian (address & telephone)

Animal Hospital (address & telephone)

Emergency Pet Sitter (address & telephone)

Boarding Facility (address and telephone)

Behavioral Problems

Other Information

Pet Photo (attach)

Photo of You and Your Pet (attach)

Registration Data (for horses)

 

 

 

  

ANIMAL BOARD & CARE IN A DISASTER

 

Red Cross disaster shelters cannot accept pets because of states' health and safety regulations and other considerations. Service animals that assist people with disabilities are the only animals allowed in Red Cross shelters. It may be difficult, if not impossible, to find shelter for your animals in the midst of a disaster, so plan ahead. Do not wait until disaster strikes to do your research.

In advance, prepare a list of family, friends, board and care facilities and veterinarians outside of the affected area who could shelter your animals in an emergency; include 24-hour phone numbers and addresses.  If you have more than one pet, they may be more comfortable if kept together, but be prepared to house them separately.

 

Contact hotels and motels outside your immediate area to check policies on accepting pets and restrictions on number, size, and species. Ask if "no pet" policies could be waived in an emergency. Keep a list of "pet friendly" places, including phone numbers, with other disaster information and supplies. If you have notice of an impending disaster, call ahead for reservations.   A complete listing of hotels and motels that are “Pet Friendly” establishments can be found at www.dogfriendly.com.   

 

Ask local animal shelters if they provide emergency shelter or foster care for pets in a disaster. Animal shelters may be overburdened caring for the animals they already have as well as those displaced by a disaster, so this should be your last resort.

 

CREATE A FIRST AID KIT FOR EACH OF YOUR PETS

 

The basics are:  Pet first aid book, muzzle, 3% hydrogen peroxide, sterile eye wash, antiseptic cream/wipes, penlight, pet thermometer,thermal blanket, leash, harness/halter/leads (if horse), paint sticks for splints, towels/washcloths, gauze pads, adhesive bandages/tape, antibiotic ointment, scizzors, grooming clippers, cold pack, vet records, emergency phone numbers, disposable latex gloves, syringe/eyedropper, and cotton-tipped applicators.  

 

You can download a digital copy of this list at: www.sbcounty.gov/acc. 

 

 

IMPORTANT TELEPHONE NUMBERS

 

San Bernardino County Vector Control 1 800 422-2283 or 909 388-4600. 

 

Shelters:

(Days of operation and hours may vary.  Please call before visiting the shelter.)

 

Victor Valley Animal Shelter
21779 Zuni Road
Apple Valley, CA

(760) 247-2102

Barstow Humane Society & Animal Shelter
2480 East Main Street
Barstow, CA

(760) 252-4800

Big Bear Animal Shelter
Northshore Road
/Stanfield Cutoff
Big Bear City, CA
(909) 866-4943

San Bernardino County Animal Shelter
19777 Shelter Way
Devore, CA

(909) 887-8055

Hesperia Animal Shelter San Bernardino
11011 Santa Fe Ave
Hesperia, CA 92345
(760) 947-1727

Morongo Basin Humane Society
4646 Sunview Ave
Joshua Tree, CA 92252
(760) 366-3786

West End Shelter
1010 East Mission Boulevard
Ontario, CA
(909) 947-3517

Rancho Cucamonga Animal Shelter
11780 Arrow Route
Rancho Cucamonga, CA
(909) 466-7387

Redlands Animal Shelter
504 North Kansas
Redlands, CA
(909) 798-7644

San Bernardino City Animal Control
333 Chandler Place
San Bernardino, CA 92408-2097
(909) 384-1304

Twenty Nine Palms Animal Shelter
7086 Bullion Avenue
Twenty Nine Palms, CA
(760) 367-0157

Upland City Animal Shelter
860 E. 15th Street
Upland, CA 91786
(909) 931-4185

P.A.W.S.
860 E. 15th Street
Upland, CA 91786
(909) 982-1909
http://www.geocities.com/enjoypets/

Yucca Valley Animal Shelter
56460 Paseo Las Ninal
Yucca Valley, CA
(760) 365-3111

Animal Emergency Care

 San Bernardino County Animal Care & Control Program 24 hour helpline 1-800 472-5609 www.sbcounty.gov/acc

 

At the link, select your city to see the veterinarians in your area. 

http://www.superpages.com/yellowpages/C-Veterinarians+&+Animal+Hospitals/S-CA/Y-San+Bernardino/

 

Emergency Hospitals

 

Animal Emergency Clinic

12022 La Crosse Avenue

Grand Terrace, CA

(909) 825-9350 or 909-783-1300

Emergencies Only

Hours: Monday - Friday 6:00 pm - 8:00 am

Open 24 hours on weekends and holidays

 

Animal Emergency Clinic

15532 Bear Valley Road

Victorville, CA

(760) 962-1122

Hours: Monday - Friday 6:00 pm - 8:00 am

Saturdays 12 noon - 8:00 am on Monday

Open 24 hours on holidays

 

Inland Valley Emergency Pet Clinic

10 W. 7th Street

Upland, CA

(909) 931-7871

Hours: Monday - Friday 6:00 pm - 8:00 am

Saturdays 12 noon - 8:00 am on Monday

Open 24 hours on holidays

 

Animal Emergency Clinic of the Desert

72374 Ramon Road

Thousand Palms, CA

(760)343-3438

Hours: Monday - Friday 5:00 pm - 8:00 am

Saturdays 12 noon - 8:00 am on Monday

Open 24 hours on holidays

A FINAL WORD

If you must evacuate, do not leave your animals behind. Evacuate them to a prearranged safe location if they cannot stay with your during the evacuation period. (Remember, pets are not allowed in Red Cross shelters.) If there is a possibility that disaster may strike while you are out of the house, there are precautions you can take to increase your pets' chances of survival, but they are not a substitute for evacuating with your pets. For more information, contact The Humane Society of the United States, Disaster Services, 2100 L Street NW, Washington, DC 20037.


 


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