With most every public agency and private corporation taking part in
some type of emergency preparedness training, the Volunteers of the
Burbank Animal Shelter wondered why pets couldn’t get involved.
“Since we’re the volunteers of the animal shelter, we thought we’d
think about the animals since they need help too,” Volunteers
President Eva Sippel said.
The result was Saturday’s Animal Disaster Preparedness Day, which
provided information about tending to pet’s needs during an
emergency. The shelter volunteers teamed up with members of the
Burbank Fire Department Community Disaster Volunteers to cover
everything from dog CPR to preparing a disaster kit for a pet.
“People know to prepare disaster kits for their families, but it’s
also important for people to have kits for their animals,” organizer
Sherry Nakamura said.
In addition to keeping food and water for pets in a disaster kit,
organizers recommended that owners have any medication the animal may
need and a way to confine the pet if the home is damaged. For dogs,
it might be necessary to have a stake and chain, while birds should
have a small cage.
Steve Brownell, a Burbank man who owns a yellow Labrador
retriever, said he was glad to learn how to do CPR on his dog and he
plans to prepare it a disaster preparedness kit.
“I know a lot of people who don’t have pets think of them as
property, but when you have one, you think of them as part of the
family,” he said. “If you could save the life of your pet, why
Nakamura hopes other people take the same initiative in looking
out for their pets.
“We want people to realize you need to be prepared for yourself
and for your animals,” she said.