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Disaster Preparedness Task Force Tackles Pet Rescue

According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), when disaster strikes, most animal deaths occur within the first 24 to 48 hours. After Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans in 2005, an estimated  80% to 85% of pets were never reunited with their owners because they were not prepared with a plan for their pets.

To prevent Laguna Woods Village residents and their pets from experiencing a similar outcome in the event of a disaster, GRF appointed a volunteer group of resident animal lovers to create a disaster preparedness plan for pets living in Laguna Woods Village. As a subcommittee of the Disaster Preparedness Task Force, the group created a new survey to determine how many pets, what kind of pets and where the pets live in the Village. To help ensure that all pets are rescued in the event of a disaster, residents with pets are encouraged to complete the 2020 Survey of Laguna Woods Village Residents with Pets and return it in one of the following ways:

  • Email it to chief@vmsinc.org.
  • Print it out and mail it to 24351 El Toro Road, Laguna Woods, CA 92637. 
  • Contact VMS Security at 949-268-2356 if you are unable to do any of the above and need us to provide you with a paper copy of this survey—we will make sure you receive one.

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