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Heat Causing Solid Waste and Yard Waste Pickup Delays

Heat has significantly impacted the readiness of our solid waste and yard waste trucks. As a result, we haven’t had enough available trucks to maintain solid waste and yard waste pickup schedules. Equipment issues with these trucks in such hot and humid conditions as we’ve experienced over the last few weeks are not uncommon. We apologize to residents for the inconvenience. Our first priority is to pick up solid waste (green carts). Our staff is currently working on its off days of Wednesdays and Saturdays to catch up on missed routes. Our second priority is yard waste (brown carts) and it may not be collected this week. At this time, it is recommended to leave solid waste out for pickup and it will be collected as soon as possible. We hope to be back on schedule next week and will keep residents informed on our progress. 

Pets

Pets

For many, pets are more than just animals – they are a part of the family. As members of your family, they should be included in your emergency planning process. Make sure your disaster plan addresses what you will do when an emergency requires you to leave your home, leave your pet at home, or prevents you from returning home. A few simple steps to ensure your pet's safety can go a long way when disaster strikes.


Get_Plan_9_mediumIf You Are Unable to Get Home to Your Pet

Some emergencies may prevent you from returning home. In planning for such emergencies:

  • Identify a trusted friend, neighbor, or dog-walker to care for your pet in your absence. This person should have a set of your house keys, be familiar with your home and pet, know your emergency plan, and have your contact information.
  • Put stickers on the main entrances to your home to alert rescue workers of the number and types of pets inside. Update the information on the stickers every six months. Free Rescue Alert stickers can be ordered from the ASPCA.
  • Keep a collar/harness, leash, and your pet's Go Bag in a place where it can be easily found.


Proper Identification

  • Dogs and cats should wear a collar or harness, rabies tag, and identification tag at all times. Identification tags should include your name, address, and phone number, and the phone number of an emergency contact. Dogs should also wear a license. 
  • Talk to your veterinarian about microchipping your pet. A properly registered microchip enables positive identification of your pet if you and your pet are separated.
  • Current color photo of your pet (in the event it becomes lost).


After An Emergency

  • Following an emergency, be extra careful when letting your pet loose outdoors and be sure your pet wears an identification tag.
  • Familiar scents and landmarks may have been altered, which may cause your pet to become confused or lost.
  • If your pet is lost, visit Cumberland County Animal Control.
  • In addition, beware of other dangers after a disaster, such as downed power lines and debris created by strong winds or rain.