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Rescue Group Best Practices: disaster preparedness

Regardless of the type of organization you run, it is important to have a disaster preparation plan in place so your group is prepared for the unexpected. If you have a facility, make sure you have overhead sprinklers in case of a fire and conduct a walk-through with a member of your local fire department. Foster-based organizations should provide foster homes with clear instructions about what to do in an emergency situation and also determine how they are going to communicate with foster providers if a disaster occurs. Every organization should have emergency contacts and know where boarding facilities and pet-friendly hotels are located in case of an evacuation. Foster providers should have an emergency kit for their charges containing food and supplies for at least three days.

All organizations should ensure that their files are backed up on a regular basis and are available from anywhere. You do not want to be in a position where, for example, you cannot board a pet because your vaccination records are inaccessible.