If the police knocked on your door and ordered you to evacuate your home immediately, what would you do with your pets? Would you take them with you or would you leave them behind?
If the outdoor warning sirens blare and a tornado takes your home away, can your cat and dog survive the coming weeks? Are your pets prepared for disaster? Will they survive?
North Central Ohio CERT Consortium is offering pet disaster preparedness training Sunday at Terra State Community College in Fremont. The class is free and open to the public. It is to be taught by Richard Kime, a long-time safety instructor, ski patrol member and retired educator from Huron County, and Kelly Askins, animal cruelty investigator for Sandusky County Humane Society. They plan to deliver "Animal Response I and II," nationally developed courses that cover pet preparedness, animal behavior during disasters and emergencies, and rescue methods and techniques to use when working in the aftermath of a tornado or flood.
To sign up for the free course, call (419) 602-0758 or email email@example.com. The course is to begin at 8 a.m. and conclude at 4 p.m. at Terra's campus, 2831 Napoleon Road, Fremont. It is sponsored by the Erie, Huron, Ottawa, Sandusky, and Seneca County Emergency Management Agencies, the North Central Ohio CERT Consortium and Terra State Community College.
This program is made possible by a one-time grant from the Ohio Emergency Management Agency and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.