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Large animal evacuation presentation, March 6

Wildland fires are a serious threat in our area. Being prepared for such a disaster will save time, reduce chaos and save lives.

Provided by Cathy Santiago.

There are unique considerations for horses and other large animals during disasters. In emergencies, large animals are especially prone to distress, aggravation of existing medical conditions and in the case of fires, irritation to eyes and their respiratory tracts. Knowing what to do in the event of an emergency evacuation is critical to the safety of your pets, including large animals.

Owners of large animals in particular should be prepared to be as self-reliant as possible in the event of an emergency. First responders are often unfamiliar with handling large animals, which requires specialized training in animal behavior, best handling practices and use of animal rescue equipment.

The Stallion Springs Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) will be hosting an informational gathering on the topic of large animal evacuations. Fiona Nelson, zoologist and emergency preparedness advocate, and Cathy Santiago, proprietor of Worthy Soles Horse Retirement, will talk about advance planning and what to do with large animals during and after an emergency.

The presentation will be held on Wednesday, March 6 at 6:30 p.m. in the Stallion Springs Community Service District Board Room, 27800 Stallion Springs Dr. The Tehachapi community is invited to attend.