Wildfire Disaster Planning
We’re ready… Are you?
Central Washington has seen its fair share of wildfires and with the low snow pack in the Cascades and very dry conditions, the 2016 fire season may be a rough one. Wenatchee Valley Animal Care & Control is coordinating with local volunteers and organizations in order to provide emergency response and support for fire victims with pets.
The following tips can help you prepare and give you peace of mind.
Keep an evacuation pack and supplies handy for your pets. Make sure that everyone in the family knows where it is. This kit should be clearly labeled and easy to carry.
- Pet first-aid kit (ask your vet what to include)
- 7 days’ worth of dog/cat food (make sure you have a can opener for wet food)
- Bottled water, at least 7 days’ worth for each person and pet (store in a cool, dry place and replace every two months)
- Pet feeding dishes
- Extra collar or harness as well as an extra leash
- Disposable litter trays (aluminum roasting pans are perfect)
- Litter, newspaper or paper toweling
- Wet wipes, liquid dish soap, disinfectant
- Disposable garbage bags for clean-up
- Photocopies of medical records and a waterproof container with a two-week supply of any medicine your pet requires (Remember, food and medications need to be rotated out of your emergency kit to remain fresh and effective.)
- A crate or sturdy carrier, ideally one for each pet
- Flashlight and batteries
- Blanket (for scooping up a fearful pet)
- Recent photos of your pets (in case you are separated and need to make “Lost” posters)
- Toys and chew toys are helpful for confined pets.
If faced with an evacuation order, take your pets! You should also have a plan in place for a trusted friend or family member to provide temporary care, if needed.
The levels of evacuation are as follows:
Level 1 – Evacuation warning is an alert. Residents should be aware of the danger that exists, and monitor local media outlets for information. Residents with special needs, or those with pets or livestock, should take note and make preparations for relocating family members, pets, and livestock.
Level 2 – Evacuations indicate there is a significant risk to your area, and residents should either voluntarily relocate to a shelter or with family/friends outside of the area, or, be ready to leave at a moment’s notice.
Level 3 – Danger is currently affecting your area or is imminent, and you should leave immediately.
As always, in an emergency, dial 911. For a pet emergency, call Wenatchee Valley Animal Care & Control at 662-9577 extension 1.
If you have to evacuate, have several destinations in mind in the event that your first choice is also in danger. Be aware that there are many pet friendly local hotels. Club Pet offers free temporary shelter for pets with nowhere to go and are under Level 3 evacuation. Club Pet can be reached at 888-PETS (7387).