New law to allow pets in emergency evacuation shelters

emergency shelter exercise

BOSTON (WWLP) – State lawmakers and animal lovers celebrated the passage of a new law today. 22News explains how it protects your pets when natural disasters strike.

Hurricane season began just a few days ago, making it the perfect time to celebrate a new law that includes your pets in emergency evacuation plans. For many households, a pet is considered a part of the family, but when a disaster strikes, what would happen to them? Many people don’t leave their homes during an evacuation because they fear leaving their pets behind, which is a major public safety issue.

A new law now includes household pets and service animals in emergency evacuation plans, an effort that will keep you and all your loved ones safe.

Leighton Jones of the American Red Cross told 22News, “I think it’s just one more thing to remind people that pets are family members and it’s important to plan for that in times of disasters, not only on a family level but also on a municipality and state level, so it’s important.”

Cities and towns have up to a year to put new evacuation plans in place.

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