Preparing for local disasters

first_img “People don’t realize other potential evacuation routes until they see the overall view of the valley,” she said. For Miller, it’s about having a checklist to ensure her husband, three children, ponies and dog and cat are safe. Residents in equestrian areas have to make special arrangements for their animals. “With animals – if you can’t fit it in the car, you need to have a special plan,” she said. Patricia Farrell Aidem, (661) 257-5251 [email protected] IF YOU GO Santa Clarita’s Community Services Division will host a free training session on evacuating large animals in emergencies at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Century Room at City Hall, 23920 Valencia Blvd. Information: (661) 255-4965. ONLINE EXTRA For tips on planning for disasters, log on to 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA CLARITA – Affixed to her front door – on the inside – Maureen Miller has a series of notes detailing what her family of five, plus a slew of animals, must do in case a brush fire threatens their rustic Sand Canyon neighborhood. Preparations run from “grab-and-go” instructions to packing the car with photo albums and other treasures when fire is on the horizon but not an immediate threat. “I keep it taped to the front door,” Miller said. “Everybody knows it’s there. People I know see it and call me and ask me to e-mail it right away.” Of particular concern to the Millers are their two ponies and how they would be transported to safety in an emergency. Miller has studied her options and, of course, detailed her plans, and will share those Wednesday at a meeting for Santa Clarita Valley residents focusing on emergency animal evacuation. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Santa Clarita’s Community Services Division is hosting the free 7 p.m. program in the Century Room of City Hall. City, Los Angeles County and community experts will offer disaster-training tips. The session will cover developing personal and neighborhood animal evacuation plans. Officials from the county’s Animal Care and Control, Fire and Sheriff’s departments will take part. “This is about having neighbors learn to network and cooperate together, especially in the canyon areas,” said Donna Nuzzi, the city’s emergency services supervisor. Organizers have contacted residents in the city, as well as outlying areas such as Agua Dulce and Castaic, she said. The city has prepared aerial maps for various areas of the valley to help residents plan. last_img