Farm & Ranch Readiness Emergency Preparedness Field Day is May 4 at Atwood Ranch

Written By: Admin
Published: April 29, 2014

A field day for all Sonoma County rural land and livestock owners that focuses on disaster preparedness is 11 a.m to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 4 at the Atwood Ranch on Sonoma Highway near Glen Ellen.

The field day is presented by the University of California, Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, Sonoma County Office of Emergency Services, Julie Atwood Events and the Atwood Ranch. This is a free event, open to anyone interested in learning how to be prepared in an emergency. Food and beverages will be available for sale.

Pre-registration is required and can be completed online at

Residents of Sonoma County are always at risk of natural disasters– in particular, floods, fire, earthquake, Tsunami, and high winds.   Therefore, it’s crucial that rural communities and specifically, pet and large animal owners have an emergency plan in place that ensures their safety and survival in the event of an emergency. This event provides a forum for educating the rural communities of Sonoma County with a one-day program of emergency preparedness, education and demonstrations.
When disaster strikes, animals as well as people need to be safely relocated. Californians value their pets and livestock, but are often unprepared for sudden emergencies. Local emergency plans are usually limited to evacuating people, and emergency shelters for humans deny admission to pets for health and safety concerns.
Large animals require specialized transport and holding areas, which may be difficult or impossible to arrange during a sudden disaster. No one wants to leave animals behind, but people who are unwilling to enter a shelter or refuse to evacuate during an emergency, risk arrest, putting themselves in danger and endangering the lives of rescue workers as well.

It is imperative that effective and well-rehearsed strategies for pet and livestock safety be in place before a disaster occurs. Disaster preparedness can make a difference and avoid the needless suffering and loss of animals. Lack of preparedness can lead to severe economic losses to local communities. The right plan mitigates additional traumas to humans and aids in the successful evacuation and care of both human and animal lives.

The field day is for rural residents, farmers and ranchers, service animal organizations, animal rescue agencies, municipalities, community planners, veterinarians, pet and farm animal owners in Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County, and the North Bay.
The purpose is to provide a variety of educational presentations and demonstrations on emergency preparedness for rural land and animal owners.

Topics include:

  • Animal First Aid
  • Developing individual defensible space plans
  • Community disaster plans
  • Relocation and Safe handling of Large animals (equine, cattle, as well as llamas, alpacas, pot bellied pigs)
  • Small animal welfare in an emergency
  • Resources
  • Communications

Demonstrations include:

  • Veterinary Emergency Response Team (VERT) sling
  • Anima First Aid
  • Livestock relocation techniques, transportation and shelter-in-place
  • Videos of actual emergency rescues
  •  Rescue and firefighting equipment
  • Humane Euthanasia

The participants/resources/partners are Atwood Ranches, UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, Sonoma County Office of Emergency Services, Western Institutes for Food Safety & Security, Local veterinarians, Sonoma County Horse Council , UCD agricultural extension, 4-H & FFA, CDF fire, local volunteer fire departments, local city/county emergency departments and Julie Atwood Events.

For additional information contact Julie Atwood at 318-7526 or

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