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NFPA Launches Video & Resources For Youth to Prepare Household Pets and Horses For a Wildfire Evacuation

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) today announced the launch of its latest video and resources for youth aimed at household pet and horse evacuation preparedness for a wildfire.

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Long Island, NY - September 22, 2015 - The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) today announced the launch of its latest video and resources for youth aimed at household pet and horse evacuation preparedness for a wildfire.

Youth who live in a U.S. wildland/urban interface community (WUI) with a wildfire risk strongly believe one of the most important and impactful contributions they can make to their family is helping prepare their household pets and horses to evacuate in the event of a wildfire or other natural disaster, according to NFPA’s 2012 report, “Engaging Youth in Reducing Wildfire Risk – Community Conversation Workshop Findings and Research.”

While wildfire season occurs at different times throughout the country, just as humans prepare, it’s important to have household pets and horses ready year-round for a potential wildfire evacuation. Being familiar with what will happen in a wildfire evacuation, knowing how and when to leave, and building an evacuation kit for each animal increases the likelihood that all family members can leave safely and together when fires happen.

These newest resources are part of NFPA’s TakeAction campaign aimed at middle and high school students living in areas with wildfire risks, and encourage teens to get involved in projects that reduce these risks or post-fire impacts like flooding and mudslides where they live.

Preparing animals for an evacuation, however, requires an extra level of planning, preparedness and practice. TakeAction’s pet and horse evacuation resources provide animal safety tips, student resources and individual horse and pet checklists that include items like pet vaccination records, medication, ownership records and more.

Pet Safety: Preparing for an evacuation video: Video provides tips to help youth prepare their household pets and horses for evacuation in the event of a wildfire.

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