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18 April 2001 Issue
Animal Disaster Preparedness Day

from United Animal Nations - [email protected] 

“Don’t Leave Home Without Them”

With the summer hurricane, tornado and wildfire season fast approaching, the Emergency Animal Rescue Service (EARS) will host its third annual Animal Disaster Preparedness Day on Saturday, May 19.

The goal of this nationwide event is to remind people that disasters pose a life-threatening danger for animals, too, and that the family cat, dog, bird, horse or any other animals being cared for need to be included in evacuation plans. The theme of Animal Disaster Preparedness Day is “Don’t Leave Home Without Them.”

EARS volunteers have helped rescue and care for thousands of animals in more than 45 disasters during the past 12 years. EARS Director Terri Crisp says many animals are injured or killed during disasters every year because no one thought about them when planning for a disaster and there was no time to do so when disaster struck.

In recognition of Animal Disaster Preparedness Day, EARS is distributing free Disaster Preparedness Information Kits for Animals to animal caregivers, local shelters and humane societies. The kits include a brochure with disaster preparedness tips for animals, suggested “shopping lists” for animal disaster supplies, a sample identification tag, a poster, a handout on how to create a family disaster plan and other disaster planning information.

EARS is a program of the Sacramento-based United Animal Nations. To request a free Animal Disaster Preparedness Day Information Kit, contact UAN at P.O. Box 188890, Sacramento, CA 95818, Tel: (916) 429-2457 or send an email to [email protected] Disaster preparedness information also is
available on UAN’s website at

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