Animals in Disasters: Enhancing Response Capabilities

Recent exercises simulating earthquakes for the Midwest and Southern California suggest we would need well over 500,000 pet sheltering units following a catastrophic disaster. Unfortunately, we would have a difficult time finding the resources and capabilities to effectively respond and manage an incident of this size. 

It’s time for the animal response community to look outside the box and direct our efforts toward:

1.    Determining local, state and national response capabilities
2.    Identifying steps needed for a community to be prepared and disaster resilient
3.    Develop methods for identifying, training and retaining large numbers of volunteers
4.    Acquiring, maintaining and training volunteers on the use of critical equipment needed to rescue and shelter large numbers of animals
5.    Enhancing response capabilities through the development of typed teams with specific animal response responsibilities

This webinar will outline the ASPCA’s efforts in enhancing local, state and national response capabilities. The results of our national survey will be discussed, showing what animal response resources we have as a nation, where those resources are located and our ability to manage them. Additionally, learn about our new Community Preparedness Checklist that will help guide communities in becoming disaster resilient. Lastly, find out about an exciting ASPCA program which will provide grants, trainings and expertise in assisting communities acquire resources needed to become better prepared and capable of handling disasters. Animal welfare organizations, county and state response teams, and emergency management professionals will especially benefit from this free, 60-minute webinar.