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.
Two years after Katrina, Louisiana SPCA staff, full of dreams and uncertainty, open a new shelter.
Florida's animal shelters are all too accustomed to coping with the hurricanes that sweep over the region. But disaster recently came in a different form to the Sunshine State, where two shelters were severely damaged by fires that broke out on the premises and killed dozens of animals.
The Michigan Humane Society makes staff preparedness a priority with its Disaster Days program.
Hurricane Katrina inspired artists around the country to explore the unprecedented response to the disaster, raise questions, and honor the animal and human victims.
News about avian flu and other potential pandemic diseases have whole governments worried about what long-term absenteeism might do to businesses and to the global economy. But for workplaces like police departments, hospitals, and animal shelters, where people provide care and vital services to living creatures, finding answers to the questions is even more critical.
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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