Are your Pets in your Disaster Preparedness Plan?
Calling all animal lovers- are your pets included in your disaster preparedness plan? Not sure how to start?
Join pet owners on April 27th at 1:00 PM at the Pleasant Valley Grange as the Fire Safe Council presents a public educational session featuring speaker Chief Henry Brzezinski from EDC Animal Services. Bring your neighbor....see you there! Location: www.pvgrange.org
The likelihood that you and your animals will survive an emergency such as a fire or flood, tornado or terrorist attack depends largely on emergency planning done today. Some of the things you can do to prepare for the unexpected, such as assembling an animal emergency supply kit and developing a pet care buddy system, are the same for any emergency. Whether you decide to stay put in an emergency or evacuate to a safer location, you will need to make plans in advance for your pets. Keep in mind that what's best for you is typically what's best for your animals.
If you evacuate your home, DO NOT LEAVE YOUR PETS BEHIND! Pets most likely cannot survive on their own and if by some remote chance they do, you may not be able to find them when you return.
If you are going to a public shelter, it is important to understand that animals may not be allowed inside. Plan in advance for shelter alternatives that will work for both you and your pets; consider loved ones or friends outside of your immediate area who would be willing to host you and your pets in an emergency.
Make a back-up emergency plan in case you can't care for your animals yourself. Develop a buddy system with neighbors, friends and relatives to make sure that someone is available to care for or evacuate your pets if you are unable to do so. Be prepared to improvise and use what you have on hand to make it on your own for at least three days, maybe longer.
Step 1: Get a Rescue Alert Sticker
Step 2: Arrange a Safe Haven
Step 3: Emergency Supplies and Traveling Kits
Step 4: Choose “Designated Caregivers”
Step 5: Evacuation Preparation
Step 6: Geographic and Climatic Considerations
via ASPCA, for details look here: http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/disaster-preparedness
About the Pleasant Valley Grange:
Our Grange is the focal point of the Pleasant Valley and the surrounding communities. It’s a place in which to share ideas, learn, enjoy and to share good times with new friends as well as old in work and play.
A place where the community can come together under one roof for social, community, and educational endivers. We are truly a family-friendly organization with an outstanding facility serving a membership that reflects some of the very best people you would ever hope to meet.
As America’s first agricultural fraternity the Grange organization was originally established in 1867 as a grass roots effort after the destructive and divisive Civil War. Rising from the fields and farmlands on common ground to heal and support each other, work together and honor traditional values.
Our Pleasant Valley Grange was established on October 1, 1938 and has a long history in our community for service, support, and fellowship. All are invited to join us.
As a member of the Grange each member has the opportunity to help formulate community, state, and national policies. Those 14 years and older are eligible for full membership and each member has one vote. The National Grange allows each local Grange to conduct its own affairs in their community.
There is a lot of personal fulfillment in being a Grange member in knowing that you are making a difference in your community; That you are a part of a fun family-friendly organization where old and young share alike; You can receive discounts on products and services; but more than all that…You have the comfort of knowing that as a Grange member, you will never be alone.
Since 1938, the Pleasant Valley Grange has sponsored a variety of programs and events in support of individuals, families, our community and country.
Our Public Schools Committee works to promote fund raisers and provide classroom materials to public schools in our community.
The annual Crab Feed held every February raises money for area schools.
Each year, our Scholarship Fund awards $1,000 to a college-bound Graduate from Union Mine High School.
The Grange sponsors Community Forums promoting community awareness of a variety of important topics, such as water rights, land development, health and politics.
Non-profit and community groups are invited to apply for Hall Rentals for little or no money. The Grange supports the Girl Scouts, 4-H, Large Animal Rescue, Boy Scout Troop 460 and Cub Scout Pack 460.
A free community service, the Grange sponsors an Exercise Club that meets twice per week at the Hall.
From hula dancing to psychics, our Lecturer's Program regularly brings entertaining and rewarding programs to the Grange Hall. The community is welcome.
Since the 1940's the Grange has sponsored our popular Corn Dogs Booth at the El Dorado County Fair. It's a major fund raiser, supporting many worthwhile programs.
Our Grange co-sponsors the annual Pleasant Valley Day and 4th of July Parade. The well attended event is the primary fundraiser for the Boy Scout Troop 460.
Free to the community, the Junior Grange puts on Family Movie Nights. Movies are shown in wide screen format with surround sound.
From time to time, the Grange learns of families and children in our community who need a helping hand. The Grange has never failed to step up and help out.
As part of a Legislative Network of Granges in California and across the Nation, the Pleasant Valley Grange supports legislation that benefits farmers, ranchers and rural communities.
Our Memorial Garden behind the Hall is a beautiful and tranquil place to honor and cherish the memories of our friends.