Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Free workshop to protect your pets during disasters

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October 15, 2008

Ray Gross, CEM
Emergency Management

Linda Farmer, APR
Communications &
Government Affairs Manager
253.835.2411 or 253.261.1211

Free workshop to protect your pets during disasters

What will happen to Fido, Felix or your other family pets during a disaster? Attend a free workshop Oct. 23 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. to help you develop an emergency plan for your family pets.

Sponsored by the Federal Way Emergency Management office, the workshop is open to individuals, groups and families, neighborhoods and animal-related businesses and will help participants raise their capabilities to deal with animals. The workshop is geared toward small domestic pets – dogs, cats, ferrets, lizards, snakes, turtles etc. This workshop also focuses on the importance of the human-animal bond during disasters, a subject not usually recognized and included in most disaster planning efforts.

Although the local Red Cross can provide support to the human members of your family, for health and safety reasons pets are not allowed in their shelters. The animal-related emergency response services in King County can’t support all pets during a widespread emergency, so personal household preparedness is the best chance for protecting your pets.

The workshop will be facilitated by Tom Carpenter and Jim Brennan. Tom Carpenter has nearly three decades in management experience and retired from Boeing after 27 years. Jim Brennan is a longtime Boeing employee with more than 10 years in disaster response. Collectively Carpenter and Brennan have volunteered more than 1,500 hours locally in animal-related disaster planning.

Register for the free workshop by calling Ray Gross at 253.835.2712 or by e-mailing him at The workshop will be held in City Hall Council Chambers, 33325 8th Avenue South (map) in Federal Way.



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