Letter: Large animal shelter
Kudos to The Daily Courier for its continuing coverage of the fire season and the initiatives that are underway to identify and mitigate risks. It is worth emphasizing several points:
It’s really important to sign up for Code Red to get announcements of wildfires, emergencies and so on. It’s easy. Go to the County Sheriff’s website at ycsoaz.gov and click on Code Red Sign Up on the home page or call the Sheriff at 928-771-3260 and they will help sign you up. When you finish reading this, why not do it and be done?
If you are the owner of large animals (horses, mules, donkeys and so on), you should be aware of where your animals can be sheltered. At this time, the main shelter is at the old County Fairgrounds off of Fain Road on Highway 89. There are covered pens, hay, water and vets to assist.
Also, it takes a lot longer to get a truck, trailer and horse ready to roll. It can also take a while to load an animal, particularly if it isn’t used to being loaded. For this reason, the Sheriff recommends really getting ready at the “Ready” alert. For large animal owners, it is wise to self-evacuate when the “Set” announcement is made. You should be well on your way when the “Go” announcement is made to the general public.
Know your large animal-owning neighbors and have a “buddy system” in place so that if you are away or in town and can’t get back home through a fire line, there is someone who can help out.
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