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Title: Planning for Pet Evacuation and Sheltering


1
Planning for Pet Evacuation and Sheltering
  • Evacuation

Elizabeth Wang TXSART Executive
Director ewang_at_tvma.org
Texas Homeland Security Conference ? December 4,
2007
2
State Hurricane Shelter and Mass Care Plan
  • Special needs categories (0-5)
  • Evacuation and host jurisdictions
    responsibilities
  • Attachment 6 Animal Care

3
First Things FirstPublic Information
  • Owners have the ultimate responsibility for their
    animals preparedness
  • Dont expect them to know what to do
  • Include animal injects into your public
    information systems before, during, after
  • There are options, templates, and brochures
    available for use
  • www.txsart.org

4
Because Lives Depend on It
  • The Official State of Texas Pet Preparedness
    Guide
  • Available online and in print
  • Retrieve copies at the TXSART booth (past
    Registration in Park View area)

5
Bag em and bus em
  • No person who is needing state-provided
    transportation will be denied access to that
    transportation if they arrive with an animal(s)
  • Test run performed at Camp Mabry
  • So what are some tips to make this process easier?

6
Processing
  • Animals provided RFID tags that hang on
    collar/cage/crate/etc.
  • Passengers and animals identified as a family
    unit for tracking during evacuation.
  • Owners can and should be able to assist with
    attaching the RFID tag
  • Then, bag em and bus em.

7
Restraint
  • DONT automatically think of crates!!
  • Bulky, non-bendable, some animals too large,
    takes up large amount of space
  • DO think to these alternatives
  • Pillow cases/Evac Sacks - cats, small dogs,
    snakes
  • Muzzles - dogs

8
Large Animal Considerations
Transportation and Lodging Issues
  • Generally not evacuated except equids (horses,
    donkeys, mules, etc.)
  • Large animals best left outside to their own
    instincts, especially in high wind situations
  • Owners may call looking for large animal shelters
    have lists of facilities for those who call
  • Include large animal considerations in public
    information campaigns, emphasize that large
    animal evac must leave substantially earlier than
    rest of public

9
Comfort Stations for persons and
their animals in private vehicles
10
En route refueling stops for public
transportation with rest areas for passengers
Water and potty areas needed for companion
animals
11
Other Tips
  • Find and commit volunteers with experience
    handling animals local animal control
  • Animal size, disposition, number of animals
  • Supplies at Point of Embarkation
  • Examples Animal control equipment (only used by
    trained users), leashes, muzzles,
    pillowcases/evac sacks, disinfectant, RFID tags
    with attachment, pet care package, trash bags,
    gloves (bite and latex/nitrile)

12
Summary
  • Public information 1 tell owners what you
    expect of them
  • No person who is using state-provided
    transportation will be denied transport because
    of animal ownership
  • Process with RFID tag
  • Dont always think of crates, use alternatives
    like muzzles and pillowcases/Evac Sacks
  • Find people with animal handling experience to
    assist at POE
  • Have your supplies AHEAD of the evacuation

13
Questions?
  • Elizabeth A. Wang
  • c/o Texas Veterinary Medical Foundation
  • 8104 Exchange Drive
  • Austin, Texas 78754
  • Phone 512/452.4224
  • Fax 512/452.6633
  • ewang_at_tvma.org
  • www.txsart.org

14
Shameless Plug
Please join us for the 2008 Animals in Disasters
Summit
  • WHERE? San Antonio at the Radisson Hill Country
    Resort
  • WHEN? February 11-13, 2008
  • WHAT? Premier networking opportunity for those
    with an interest in disaster animal issues.
    Continuing education credits. Topics in
    Sheltering, Evacuation, General Interest, and
    Emergency Management.
  • WHO? Animal care and control, volunteer groups,
    local and state government planners, emergency
    management coordinators, judges, animal shelter
    groups, veterinarians and veterinary technicians,
    cooperative extension, and state and federal
    animal health officials. Others involved with
    animal care,, impact assessment, search and
    rescue, sheltering and evacuation plans are
    welcome to attend as well.
  • 45 early registration/60 late/on-site
    REGISTRATION OPEN NOW

Visit www.txsart.org for more information!!
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