It's important to include your cats, dogs, birds and/or other animals in evacuation plans, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals said Monday in a press release.

With a fire burning in the Kern River Valley area, PETA offered the following tips for evacuating with one's pets:

  • Never leave the animals behind to fend for themselves as they are not any better equipped to survive disasters than humans.
  • Know your destination ahead of time, and check them in advance to find out which ones will accommodate animals. Shelters for people often don't allow animals, but motels in the area may accept them in an emergency.
  • Never leave animals unsupervised in a car because they can panic and try to escape or suffer from heatstroke - even if water is provided and the windows are slightly open.
  • In areas affected by smoke and falling ash, residents should make sure that animals are kept indoors and avoid outside activities like running with dogs. When visibility is less than 5 miles, smoke has reached levels that are dangerous for everyone.

Visit PETA.org and search "evacuations" for more disaster-preparedness tips.

The Bakersfield Tea Party's next guest speaker is a KNZR producer who will talk about his experience in the Army after 9/11.

Chad Garcia, an Army veteran who hosts a Sunday talk show, the Danger Zone, has lived most of his life in Bakersfield and enlisted in the National Guard the year following September 2011.

Garcia became full-time active duty in 2005 as an airborne infantryman and continued in that role for nearly 10 years. He served multiple duties and deployments ending in eastern Afghanistan.

Garcia will speak 6 p.m. Thursday at Rusty's Pizza, 6675 Ming Ave. This local Tea Party meeting is open to the public.

Kern County residents with a disability who are looking for a job may find new hope with a new state grant.

The California Employment Development Department announced Monday that it is granting $2 million to local organizations around California to give job seekers with a disability skills and training needed for careers and connect them with hiring businesses. The training is meant to help them progress into high-growth industries.

“Many people with disabilities are already skilled and reliable employees,” EDD Director Patrick W. Henning said. “But too often the disability creates a barrier that inhibits employers from seeing this fact. Besides training and guidance, these grants will provide financial incentives to businesses to encourage them to recognize potential employees they may have been overlooking.”

Employers’ Training Resource in Kern, Inyo and Mono counties received $275,000 for the industries health care and manufacturing/logistics.

Its website is www.etronline.com and the training and employment services phone number is 325-HIRE (4473).

The grant is also going to organizations serving Alpine, Colusa, El Dorado, Glenn, Los Angeles, Madera, Placer, Sacramento, Sutter and Yuba counties.

Thirteen Bakersfield Allstate insurance offices are participating in a food drive for Community Action Partnership of Kern Food Bank.

According to CAPK, one in eight Californians has food uncertainty, and one quarter of those people are children who rely on subsidized school meals.

But these children don't receive those meals when school is out during the summer.

These local offices will accept food donations from June 19 to 30:

• 218 South H St.

• 6649 Ming Ave.

• 4300 Coffee Road

• 3939 Bernard St.

• 920 Wible Road

• 1801 21st St.

• 2601 Blue Mountain Way

• 2509 Mount Vernon Ave.

• 2500 New Stine Road

• 6300 White Lane

• 9910 Rosedale Highway

• 3400 Panama Lane

• 4200 Easton Drive

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LucyP

Thank you for these tips. It's crucial to never leave animals behind in an evacuation or disaster.

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