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June is Pet Preparedness Month

Will County residents encouraged to prepare pets for disasters

WILL COUNTY – The Illinois Emergency Management Agency has designated June as Pet Preparedness Month.

“As the temperatures increase, there are many activities pet owners can take to prepare their pets for the summer,” stated Will County Executive Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant.

“With the increasing temperatures also comes the potential for severe weather,” said Will County Animal Control Director Dr. Michelle Rosseler. “Take some time out to ensure your pets are prepared too. This includes making sure they are up to date on their vaccinations, keeping a recent photo of them handy, and having a pet preparedness kit”

“Will County Emergency Management Agency is prepared to assist with pets during disasters,” said Director Harold Damron.

In 2017, the county received an Animal Response Trailer from AKC Reunite, to assist with displaced pets after a disaster. This trailer was recently used in 2019 during the flooding along the Mississippi River and was a valuable asset to those residents.

Disasters can happen with little to no notice, and all Will County residents are encouraged to create a family disaster plan that includes their pets.

“Our Emergency Management Agency has an app, Ready Will County, that can assist residents before, during, and after a disaster”, said Bertino-Tarrant. “I encourage all our residents to download this app to make a family plan and be ready for any emergency.” 

The Ready Will County app includes links for important news and timely alerts, live information on evacuation routes and shelters, emergency preparedness guides, and a five-step process to create an emergency plan for families. To download the app, click www.willcountyema.org/readywillcounty.

“We encourage every resident to be prepared for 72 hours on their own after a disaster strikes, this includes our pets” said Director Harold Damron. “Taking some time to download and use this app will help all residents in their greatest time of need.”  

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