Monday, July 13, 2015

Providing Help and Getting Help in Tehama County


In an emergency situation, would you be willing to open up your home or ranch to house displaced animals on a temporary basis?  Assist in transporting animals?  Loan equipment?  Help gather food and supplies that would be necessary during the temporary housing of animals?  Donate time and/or money to care for the animals at an animal evacuation site?

Everyone is gearing up for this year’s fire season, and P.E.T.S. is definitely no exception.  As you know, in past years when Northern California was struck by large wild fires, volunteer groups and private individuals pulled together and did what they could for the citizens and animals affected.  In Tehama County, if disaster strikes, P.E.T.S. will be one of the resources available for our residents.  In anticipation of the worst-case scenario, we are asking in advance if you can assist in any way.  If you answered “YES” to any of the above questions, please email us at  petstehama@gmail.com or message us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/PETSTehama or call us at 530-527-8702.  If we hear from you, we will forward a simple form which, when filled out, will allow us to build an effective Volunteer Response Team.  The team will work with P.E.T.S., a volunteer non-profit organization, who will provide assistance, as needed, to Tehama County’s public agencies of Animal Services, and the Sheriff’s office to save and help as many animals that we possibly can in our county!  Your help is important!

The motto “Be Prepared and Be Aware”, of this fire season, cannot be said enough.  With regard to it, I highly recommend that you cut and save the following information to a location that is easily viewed and accessible in event of an emergency.

In the event of a wildfire, the Cal Fire Tehama Glen Unit (530) 528-5199 (http://www.tehamacountyfire.org/) Fire Department and the Tehama County Sheriff’s Office, 530-529-7900, will notify and assist with any evacuation of residents.

The Tehama County Sheriff’s Reverse 9-1-1 automatically calls a resident’s non-cellular telephone number to notify them of emergencies.  If you wish notification via a cellular number instead, download the appropriate form at http://www.tehamaso.org/emergency_form.htm and return it to the Tehama County Sheriff’s office.

Emergency Alert System (EAS) announcements will be on local radio stations KFBK 1530 (AM) and KTHU 100.7 (FM).  Television stations, KRCR Channel 7 (http://www.krcrtv.com/wildfire/16196594), KHSL Channel 12 and KNVN Channel 24 (http://www.actionnewsnow.com/home/) will also have EAS announcements and will provide news updates.  The Red Bluff Daily News (http://www.redbluffdailynews.com/ ), The Redding Record Searchlight (http://www.redding.com/), and The Chico Enterprise Record (http://www.chicoer.com/ ) will post updated news to their websites.  In addition, current fire incident information will be found at CAL Fire (http://cdfdata.fire.ca.gov/incidents/incidents_current) and Yuba Net (http://yubanet.com/fire.php ). 

The American Red Cross of Northeastern California (530-673-1460 or 1-855-891-7325 http://www.redcross.org/ca/yuba-city/local-programs-services/disaster-services ) will establish shelters for short-term housing and care of evacuees.  They will only allow service animals and not family pets inside their shelters.  Be sure to arrange other housing for your pets’ safety prior to a disaster.  If you choose not to go to the Red Cross shelter, still contact them to provide information about your location, in the event anyone is attempting to locate you.

For any emergency information contact the Tehama County Sheriff’s Office at 530-529-7900.  Please do not call local Fire Stations to report an emergency or to ask for fire information.  If you have an emergency, contact 9-1-1 to report it.

Please remember, if a major disaster happens, the whole community may be affected, and help may not come immediately.  If a wildfire is approaching, be proactive.  Listen to Emergency Alert System announcements and get ready to leave.

In addition, all of us at P.E.T.S. hope to hear from you.  We also want to be ready and without your tremendous assistance, we will not be able to do what needs to be done, should disaster strike.  Please contact us, as soon as possible, and let us know how you can help.  Thank you.

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