HOW IT WORKS:
V.C. LAST stands for Valley Center LARGE ANIMAL SAFETY TEAM, and our primary focus is to aid the community
in providing for the safety of our domestic animal populations, large and small, in emergency situations. V.C. LAST
is a community volunteer organization, working with the Valley Center Fire Protection District, the Valley Center Sheriff's
Department, Valley Center CERT (Community Emergency Response Team), the County of San Diego Department of Animal Services,
and the San Diego Humane Society and SPCA.
Large Animal Safety Team members, including animal care
professionals, are trained through FEMA, the Fire Department, and the County of San Diego Department of Animal Services to
provide assistance in the event of an emergency. Qualified V.C. LAST team members will function under
the direction of the governmental agency authorized to handle the logistics of a given situation, whether it be fire, flood,
earthquake or some other situation creating a danger.
V.C. LAST is compiling a "census" of
the animal population, which will be integrated with existing data maintained by The Fire Department and law enforcement.
This information will enable emergency responders to mount an orderly and efficient response in a disaster situation; to get
where they are needed with the appropriate equipment and personnel as quickly as possible to provide evacuation assistance,
medical aid or temporary care for the animals in Valley Center.
In order to collect the information
for this data base, questionnaires have been circulated throughout the community. These forms continue to be available
in our local feed stores and from veterinarians, and you may download the questionnaire through this web-site.
the main purpose of V.C. LAST
is to provide help for our animals, the first concern in any emergency is the safety
of people. Our questionnaire contains a section for people with special needs. Anyone who may not be able to handle
an emergency on their own is urged to fill out the first part of the V.C. LAST
questionnaire. A fire official
or team member will then contact you for more detail regarding your special needs