Expect the best, and prepare for the worst. Here are some quick tips to use to help weather the storm.
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From the Magazine
A mock shelter evacuation illuminates the good, the bad, and the potentially lethal during crisis response.
The season that brought the worst ice storm in decades to Massachusetts brought the worst bushfires in history to the Australian state of Victoria. In this double feature, two shelter staff who worked through the disasters tell their stories, and emphasize the value of being prepared.
Animal shelters in nine jurisdictions in Northern Virginia have banded together to make sure that if disaster ever strikes their region, pet owners and their furry best friends will be able to seek refuge together.
Find out how Larimer Humane Society coped with an influx of animals and coordinated rescue efforts during a historic wildfire last summer in Colorado.
Find out how a Florida shelter strives to help as many animals as it can through its emergency relief, spay/neuter, and feral cat programs.
Meet Bobby Silcott, founder of the Maine POM Project, which aims to equip fire departments and rescue organizations throughout the state with oxygen masks for pets.
A major rescue operation in Texas removes more than 300 animals (from puppies to mountain lions) and finds them homes.
A volunteer's vision leads to her adoption of Sugar, one of many dogs rescued from a filthy, overcrowded humane society in Eastern Montana.
Loudoun County Animal Care & Control in Virginia has created a shelter evacuation plan in case of emergency.
Policies & Programs
With a network of regional offices and a nationwide response team, The Humane Society of the United States can provide shelter professionals and other local authorities with the expertise, leadership, and other tools necessary to coordinate animal response activities during a disaster.
The HSUS responds to animals in need many times a year and we rely upon our relationships with other organizations to provide ongoing care and/or find life-long loving homes for them. If your organization is interested in participating in the Emergency Placement Partners Program, please read more about the program and learn how you can apply.
Join The Humane Society of the United States in promoting National Preparedness Month during September.
The HSUS serves as a resource for animal-related and emergency management organizations and others concerned about the needs of animals before, during, and after disasters.
Feeling overloaded on incident-command acronyms? Figure them all out with the ASPCA's helpful guide.
Use these sample documents from the Western Massachusetts Disaster Animal Response Team Initiative to plan a pet-friendly shelter during a disaster.
Find your state's office or agency of emergency management, and access the disaster preparedness and recovery resources FEMA offers.
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