Volunteers help make fire evacuation exercise a success
Summit County Animal Control & Shelter would like to thank all the volunteers who came to help with our fire evacuation exercise we had on May 31. They got to the shelter at the crack of dawn — thanks to Abbey’s Coffee for the coffee as it was a very early start for our pre-evacuation meeting. We then dispersed into our teams. The receptionist team was the first to handle all the incoming calls of the distressed public (acting of course) to evacuate their pets from the Peak 7 neighborhood. The calls flooded in!
Then those calls were dispatched to our staging area team, then handed off to our evacuation teams consisting of animal control officers and volunteers. Thanks goes out to Orion Paiement, of Good Times Sled Dogs, for the use of his trailer with all the dog kennels … that will be a huge help if it is a real event and saved us so much time.
Our co-shelter team showed off our evacuation trailer that would be used in connection with the Red Cross Shelter; this would be set up if the public needed to stay in a shelter and their pet would stay in the co-shelter. The team of staff and volunteers educated the public of how to prepare and even raffled off a cat and dog evacuation box. If you missed this event and want to learn more about how to prepare, we have handouts at the shelter — stop by.
It was a successful day of learning and preparing — thank you very much to all our awesome volunteers and the community!
Summit County Animal Control & Shelter staff