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Pet Preparedness: Free Public Events

The Medical Reserve Corps system is a federal initiative that was launched in July 2002,as part of a larger structure that encourages volunteer participation across the United States.

Because of a FEMA grant that was awarded to the Upper Merrimack Valley MRC unit, they are offering a choice of four FREE public education sessions about pet preparedness in case of disaster. The bottom of the linked page provides details about each of the four events in our area.

According to the UMV-MRC site, these sessions are intended to help the region’s pet owners learn about measures they can take to care for their animals in emergencies.

Each event will be followed by a training session for MRC members who are interested in volunteering at a pet-friendly emergency shelter in case of disaster.

A handout and associated poster are being distributed at locations across the region. A similar flyer is being mailed in early February to over 12,000 pet owners in Billerica, Chelmsford, Dracut, Lowell, Tewksbury, Tyngsboro, and Westford.