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SLO County animal owners learn how to prepare pets for public safety power shutoffs

Posted: 9:26 PM, Oct 19, 2019
Updated: 2019-10-20 00:26:18-04
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The Horse Emergency Evacuation Team (HEET) of San Luis Obispo County gave horse and animal owners tips on how to keep their furry friends safe during a Public Safety Power Shutoff.

This weekend, representatives from PG&E and CAL FIRE SLO spoke during a public safety meeting about how to prepare for a multiple-day power shutoff.

Local animal owners learned how much food and water to keep on hand for horses and other pets and how to create an emergency plan.

"Make sure you have food, make sure you have food for your small animals, medications for your small animals, medications for your large animals and that you have all of that in place because the grocery stores close down," said Julie Monser, a HEET south county coordinator. "Everything closes down. nothing will be accessible to us."

Officials from HEET also recommend making sure your neighbors, especially those who are elderly, are prepared for a multiple-day power shutoff or a wildfire.