Lafayette, CA, July 30, 2009 --(PR.com
)-- While other CERT groups have held similar trainings with the American Red Cross, the Lamorinda training is unique in the sense that it includes a local Disaster Animal Response Team that has already been trained to set up an emergency animal shelter. While the human and the animal shelter will be set up and operated separately, in compliance with current Red Cross policies and guidelines, both emergency shelters will share first responder resources for set up.
“Hurricane Katrina did not just expose the failure of FEMA to respond to a major disaster, it showed that across the board the official emergency agencies were unprepared to deal with a catastrophe of that size,” said Frans Hoffman, Coordinator of Lamorinda DART. “Little has changed since then…”
“After the passage of the PETS Act virtually nothing has been done to prepare first responders for the task of saving both human and animal lives. Katrina keeps happening again and again, whenever a hurricane, a massive wildfire or an earthquake hits the USA. When a disaster happens animal and people continue to die needlessly. ”
“The San Francisco Bay Area can wait no longer. By bringing together the volunteer first responders of CERT, DART and the Red Cross for training and hopefully for drills, there will be a better chance for our communities to survive. This is OUR time. Let’s wait no more. The cavalry is not coming.”
If you'd like more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview with our Coordinator, please call Frans Hoffman at 925-878-1323 or e-mail Frans at fhoffman@LamorindaDART.org
About Lamorinda DART
Lamorinda DART (Disaster Animal Response Team) is pioneering 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.