Originally Published: May 26, 2013 9:50 p.m.
It is the time of year when Yavapai County residents are reminded of the threat of wildfires. Area families should be prepared to evacuate quickly and need to take along all pets.
Emergency preparedness means being ready to evacuate within one hour, according to Becky Salazar spokesperson for Animal Disaster Services (ADS).
"Anyone needing to evacuate should take their animals with them," Salazar said. "This includes all animals, large and small."
"Don't Leave Home Without Them" is the message ADS stresses. Many residents are under the belief that emergency personnel will evacuate animals left behind. This is not true and it may not be possible in a natural disaster for anyone to return to homes in threatened areas.
ADS creates and maintains a shelter for animals whenever there is an evacuation in Yavapai County, Salazar said. Shelters are usually set up near Red Cross shelters.
For more information about ADS, search www.unitedanimalfriends.org. Links are included for evacuation kits for animals, an equine emergency fire plan and evacuation preparedness information.