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Brookline Disaster Prep: What About Your Pets?

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The Brookline Department of Public Health, in conjunction with State of Massachusetts Animal Rescue Team (SMART), and the Brookline Police and Parks and Open Space Departments encourage residents to ID tag their animals, and to prepare an emergency supply kit including pet supplies. The first Brookline Pet Preparedness Day will take place on Saturday, September 16th from 9:00 to 11:00 a..m. at Amory Park, 145 Amory Street, Brookline, MA 02446. While everyone knows it is important to prepare for emergencies, Massachusetts’s Animal PrepareAthon will ensure that everyone who is responsible for pets or other kinds of animals is better prepared in the event of a disaster. For more information on this event, please contact Sophie Gordon at 617-730-2304.

A recent Federal Emergency Management Agency survey found that nearly 60 percent of American adults have not practiced what to do in a disaster by participating in a disaster drill or preparedness exercise at work, school, or home in the past year. Further, less than half of these adults have developed an emergency plan and discussed it with their household. With the number and severity of weather-related disasters on the rise, Massachusetts’s Animal PrepareAathon is an opportunity for individuals, organizations, and communities to take action to prepare for specific hazards and keep their animal’s needs in mind. America’s PrepareAthon is a grassroots campaign for action to increase individual and community preparedness and resilience. The goals of the campaign are to increase the number of people who understand which disasters could happen in their community, know what to do to be safe and mitigate damage, take action to increase their preparedness, and participate in community resilience planning. Massachusetts’s Animal PrepareAthon is part of the nationwide effort.

Massachusetts’s Animal Prepareathon is a team effort lead by the State of Massachusetts Animal Rescue Team (SMART), along with Animal Control Officers Association of Massachusetts, Animal Rescue League of Boston, Massachusetts Animal Coalition, Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Massachusetts Veterinary Medical Association, Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. For more information about America’s PrepareAthon!, please visit here. For more information about State of Massachusetts Animal Rescue Team (SMART), please visit here. Join the Twitter discussion @PrepareAthon.