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Community Preparedness Webinar Series: Pets 2010

Animal & Pet Preparedness Presentations

Recorded: May 3, 2010

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The Community's Role in Preparing and Planning for Animals

Presented by Tracey Stevens Martin, University of California Davis International Animal Welfare Training Institute

Tools and Resources from USDA Animal and Health Inspection Service (APHIS)

Presented by Dr. Allan Hogue, U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS)


May 8th, 2010 is National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day. Pets are an integral part of American society and economy; more than half of households in the United States include pets. During times of disaster, people will risk their lives and the lives of others to save pets. For these reasons, it is critical that individuals have the “know how” to properly prepare themselves and their animals for disasters to save both human and animal lives.Equally important to government roles, individuals need to take personal responsibility for the well being of their family and their community, including their animals.

Tracey Stevens Martin, from the University of California Davis International Animal Welfare Training Institute, will discuss how to prepare pets and animals for disasters and methods for engaging the community in animal emergency planning.

Following Tracey Stevens Martin, Dr. Allan Hogue from USDA APHIS will discuss how their organization works in close collaboration with Federal agencies, State officials, and non-governmental organizations to support animal disaster planning and ESF 11. After Hurricane Katrina, Congress passed the Pets Evacuation and Transportation Standards (PETS) Act and the Post-Katrina Emergency Response Act (PKEMRA) in response to public outcry about the safety and well-being of pet animals during disasters. In 2008, the National Response Framework (NRF) redefined Emergency Support Functions (ESFs) and added responsibilities for pets under the Federal ESF system. USDA APHIS and other federal agencies provide assistance for emergency planning and response. While Federal statutes mandate that the Federal Emergency Response Agency (FEMA) has overall authority to support pet issues, additional Federal agencies, including USDA APHIS, have supporting roles defined under the NRF. USDA APHIS provides technical expertise in the management of pets and animals in disasters. The Community Preparedness Webinar Series features new community preparedness topics several times each month and is free to the public. Each webinar will accommodate the first 500 visitors that enter the website at the time of the webinar. In addition to airing live, the webinar will be recorded and viewable at your convenience usually within 24 hours after the live webcast.  To join the webinar live simply go to <> and click on the button on the upper right side of the page that says "Join the Webinar". The button will be live 10 minutes prior to the start of the webinar. Sign in as a guest.

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