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.
Dr. Dick Green is responsible for leading the efforts of the ASPCA Disaster Response department, which covers natural disasters. He oversees the ASPCA's internal disaster readiness program and develops partnerships with national and local agencies to enhance the organization’s disaster response capabilities. He established and chaired the National Animal Rescue and Sheltering Coalition in early 2006, following Hurricane Katrina. NARSC is comprised of 13 animal welfare groups, including the ASPCA, and is the first coalition in the nation that is dedicated to working with all levels of government and non-government agencies on major human-animal emergency issues.