Historic Disaster Drill in Walnut Creek

History was made on Saturday May 30th in Walnut Creek, California. For the first time in local history a disaster drill was held that included rescue and sheltering of animals and people.

Walnut Creek, CA, June 11, 2009 --(PR.com)-- As part of the Buena Vista CERT drill, 11 CERT members set up a temporary animal shelter and practiced pet first aid scenarios. Most participants had received advanced animal rescue and sheltering training from Noah’s Wish (http://NoahsWish.org) and Lamorinda DART (http://LamorindaDART.org). One participant was a ‘convergent volunteer’ who received just-in-time training to be able to participate in the drill.

In the drill scenario, Lamorinda DART (Disaster Animal Response Team) had mobilized in response to a mutual aid request from Walnut Creek DART. Together, the two DART teams – the only DART teams in Northern California – practiced a rescue and sheltering solution for the hundreds of animal disaster victims in the simulation under the supervision of Buena Vista CERT member Erica Iwinski.

About Lamorinda DART

Lamorinda DART (Disaster Animal Response Team) represents a new and exciting response to issues surrounding animals in disasters. Traditionally, Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) take care of human animals only. After the passage of the PETS Act of 2006 (Pets Evacuation and Transportation Standards Act) little has changed, even though the PETS Act requires that FEMA sponsored or subsidized entities (such as CERT) take domestic pets and their owners into account. In the absence of adequate animal disaster response many animals (and some of their owners) perish, even today.

Lamorinda DART (Disaster Animal Response Team) consists of Lamorinda CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) graduates from Lafayette, Moraga and Orinda, who have received additional animal sheltering and rescue training and are able to provide disaster response to all animals (human and others). As first responders Lamorinda DART members are in a unique position to save both human and animal lives and prevent unnecessary suffering when the next disaster happens.

Visit http://LamorindaDART.org to learn more.

Lamorinda DART
Frans Hoffman
(925) 878-1323