WASHINGTON, Aug. 18, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Wildfires are terrifying and dangerous phenomena. Officials are working valiantly to battle the blazes in Idaho but it is important for all families to be prepared. To help, here are some tips from American Humane Association and the experts at its Red Star™ emergency services program to help protect you, your family and your pets in the event a wildfire threatens you.
Before the Fire
During and After the Fire
“Now is the time to act,” said Justin Scally, national director of emergency services for American Humane Association. “If you have time to prepare and you haven’t been ordered to evacuate, be sure to start your preparations now. If you have been ordered to evacuate, do NOT leave your pets behind and leave immediately.”
“Please follow the directions of local officials very closely,” said Dr. Robin Ganzert, president and CEO of American Humane Association. “These situations can change drastically, very quickly and therefore it’s important to prepare now even if you haven’t yet been ordered to leave. For your safety, your children’s safety, and the safety of your pets – act now.”
About AHA and its Red Star™ emergency services program
American Humane Association is the country’s first national humane organization and the only one dedicated to protecting both children and animals. Since 1877 American Humane Association has been at the forefront of virtually every major advance in protecting our most vulnerable from cruelty, disasters, abuse and neglect. Today they’re also leading the way in understanding the human-animal bond and its role in therapy, medicine and society.
Their legendary Red Star emergency services program has been involved in nearly every major relief effort over the past 100 years, including World War I when they rescued wounded horses on the battlefields of Europe, the Great Ohio Flood of 1937, Pearl Harbor, Hurricane Katrina, the eruption at Mount Saint Helens, the terror attacks on 9/11, the Japanese earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster, Superstorm Sandy, and the killer tornadoes in Joplin and Oklahoma. The Red Star program has rescued more than 70,000 animals in just the past five years alone.
For more information and tips, or to support Red Star’s efforts, go to www.americanhumane.org or call 1-866-242-1877.
SOURCE American Humane Association
Web Site: http://www.americanhumane.org