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FREE FARM EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS FORUM – NOV 4TH

Petaluma Grange

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Wednesday, November 4th from 6-8pm – FREE EVENT!

PETALUMA GRANGE TO HOST FREE FARM EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS FORUM FOR LARGE ANIMAL OWNERS – NOVEMBER 4th AT PETALUMA LIBRARY; FEATURED SPEAKERS FROM SONOMA COUNTY ANIMAL SERVICES, AG COMMISSION, AND SONOMA COUNTY HORSE COUNCIL.

PETALUMA-Petaluma Grange President Tiffany Renée has announced that the Petaluma Grange will be hosting a free public forum and workshop designed to teach farmers, ranchers, and other rural neighbors with cows, horses, sheep, etc how to create a disaster preparedness plan for their large animals.

The forum will take place from 6­-8pm on on Wednesday, November 4 at the Petaluma Library’s Community Forum room in Petaluma. It is made possible through the support a Noah’s Wish grant through the CSG.

“The recent Valley Fire has shown us that large animals create added logistical challenges in the face of disaster.” said Renée, former Petaluma Vice Mayor and a community emergency response­trained HAM operator. “Now is the time for farmers and ranchers to be planning for potential disasters on the horizon.”

The forum will include a roundtable discussion and Q&A – moderated by Ms. Renée and featuring Brian Whipple (Sonoma County Animal Services), Pete Albers (Sonoma County Ag Commission), and Ted Stashak, DVM (Sonoma County Horse Council).

“We’re honored to have the participation of these experts, each of whom is at the forefront of helping our rural neighbors prepare for future fire, flood, earthquake, bio­disaster events, and more. The practical knowledge and hands­on planning we’ll be covering at our forum will be a great resource for our rural neighbors in Sonoma County and beyond” said Renée.

Following the discussion, forum organizers will facilitate a hands­ on workshop to help attendees build their personal disaster preparedness plans.

The forum will be filmed and eventually aired on Petaluma Community Access. Light refreshments will be served, and the Petaluma Grange will be raffling a pair of free disaster kits.

The forum is free for all to attend, and RSVPs are requested at. Register at evenbrite.com.

All questions about the event can be directed to Petaluma Grange member Jaimey Walking Bear at 707­694­5351.

The Petaluma Grange meets on the third Tuesday of each month. Learn more about the organization at www.petalumagrange.com.