An Evening of Education on Emergency Preparedness for People and Pets in Manhattan

New York, NY – On Wednesday, August 28, 2013, from 5-8pm at Kalvig & Shorter Veterinary Associates (KSV), located at 133 East 39th Street, New York, New York,  KSV, Denise Mange Dog Training and Pet Central Fine Pet Foods & Accessories will co-host a free educational event with representatives from New York City Veterinary Emergency Response Team (NYC VERT) and the Office of Emergency Management ( OEM). This evening will highlight the importance of emergency planning for yourself and your pets, include Emergency Go Bag demonstrations, and provide discussions on medical and behavioral considerations to keep your pets safe and sound in the event of a disaster and evacuation.  Attendees will gain expert advice, be encouraged to ask questions, collect informational brochures, and watch live demonstrations. In addition, Emergency Go Bag items and services for pets will be available to purchase on location.

With the anniversaries of Hurricane Irene and Super Storm Sandy on the horizon, Kalvig & Shorter Veterinary Associates, Denise Mange Dog Training, and Pet Central have partnered with NYC VERT and OEM to communicate to New Yorkers the importance of emergency and disaster preparedness for the entire family. This includes educating our pet owning public on the urgency of taking easy precautionary steps to best protect our pets’ physical and emotional well-being in case of disaster and evacuation. During Hurricane Sandy, NYCVERT coordinated veterinary care for 228 pets housed with their owners across the five boroughs as a member of OEM’s Animal Planning Task Force and provided ongoing veterinary service for hundreds more that required long term emergency boarding.

The Global Estimates report reveals that 32.4 million people worldwide were forced to flee their homes in 2012 by disasters such as floods, storms and earthquakes. In New York City alone, an estimated 800,000 New Yorkers lost power as a result of Hurricane Sandy. Approximately 423 buildings were affected by lost power, heat, and/or hot water, according to the New York City Housing Authority. With so many affected, it is no surprise that recent Marist Polls show that nearly 2/3 of New York City residents believe it is likely or very likely the city will face another weather emergency of Sandy’s strength in the next year.  By encouraging residents to be best prepared for themselves and their pets as we face the growing threat of seasonal storms, emergency response agencies can focus their critical resources in areas of greatest need and work most efficiently conserving money and manpower, and , most importantly, saving lives.

For more information on the event, organizations, assets or pictures, contact Denise Mange at Denise@DeniseNYCTraining.com or 617 480 3927, or visit the event page at www.DeniseNYCTraining.com/Emergency-Preparedness.

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With over 50 years of combined experience in veterinary medicine, Kalvig & Shorter Veterinary Associates’ doctors and staff offer a uniquely caring and personalized approach to excellent customer service and patient health care. They provide our many loyal clients and their beloved pets with a comprehensive range of services in the areas of medicine, surgery, dentistry, nursing care, and counseling. Through excellent relationships with the finest veterinary specialists and animal professionals in the area, KSVA proudly offers the very best advice and care to pets of all ages.  Learn more about the Doctors at: KalvigandShorter.com

Denise Mange Dog Training was founded by Denise Mange in 2012. Denise received her dog trainer certification from Animal Behavior College and is a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT). She is a positive reinforcement dog obedience trainer offering private in-home lessons, specializing in Puppy Prep, Housebreaking and Socialization, Basic Obedience, and mild Behavior Modification for issues associated with City living. Learn more about Denise Mange Dog Training at: DeniseNYCTraining.com

Pet Central Fine Pet Foods & Accessories is an independent chain of family owned stores dedicated to servicing their customers and the community. Pet Central currently has 8 locations across both east and west sides of Manhattan, spanning from Seventh Avenue South to 100th Street. Customers will find an assortment of brands and thousands of products to satisfy all their pets’ needs, with concierge-level service and the option of free delivery. For more information go to: PetCentralNYC.com

New York City Veterinary Emergency Response Team (NYCVERT), a 501(c)3 organization of veterinarians and animal professionals, was established following 9/11. As an active member of the Animal Planning Task Force of  New York City Office of Emergency Management (NYC OEM), NYCVERT is the lead veterinary agency activated by NYC OEM in the event of a citywide disaster. NYCVERT participates in a variety of APTF initiatives in disaster preparedness for pets, including public education and outreach. In time of disaster, NYCVERT’s mission includes providing veterinary care to Search and Rescue Dogs. Under the NYC Disaster Animal Response Plan (DARP), NYCVERT is the active coordinating agency for provision of veterinary care to all pets housed with their owners in emergency activated evacuation centers and storm shelters across five boroughs. NYCVERT coordinates a large network of veterinary hospitals and volunteers, and provides multiple resources to NYC in the event of animal related disaster response. During Hurricane Sandy, NYC VERT was mobilized to ensure the health of the hundreds of animals in the NYC Shelter system in the weeks and months after the storm. Learn more about NYC VERT at: NYCVERT.com

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