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3 March 2002
National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day

From United Animal Nations - Abowman@uan.org 

National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day Is Saturday, May 18
“Don’t Leave Home Without Them”

SACRAMENTO (February 27) -- With the summer hurricane, tornado and wild land fire season fast approaching, the United Animal Nations’ Emergency Animal Rescue Service (EARS) program will host its third annual Animal Disaster Preparedness Day on Saturday, May 18.

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.”

Trained EARS volunteers have helped rescue, shelter and care for thousands of animals in more than 45 disasters during the past 15 years. Many animals are injured or killed during disasters every year because no one thought to include them when planning for a disaster and there was no time to do so when disaster struck.

WHAT: Animal Disaster Preparedness Day
WHEN: Saturday, May 18
ACTIVITIES: Nationwide distribution of free disaster preparedness information kits for animals.
WHY: To help families be prepared to save their companion animals if disaster strikes.

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

EARS is the disaster rescue program of 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 info@uan.org. Disaster preparedness information also is available on UAN’s website at www.uan.org/ears/adpd.html. Disaster photos available upon request.

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