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Animals and Pets in Emergencies

Brad Andres Agriculture and Rural Development Emergency Program

Objectives Lessons from recent events with animals Encourage local planning with animals Create awareness of Livestock Trailer Project .

Livestock in emergencies .

Emergency Events and Livestock • Major threats to farms and livestock – Fire – Flooding – Severe weather (tornados. etc) – Power outages – Rail/road/pipeline accidents with dangerous goods • Farmer left with 3 choices – Shelter in Place – Evacuate and leave animals – Evacuate animals and family .

Shelter in Place • Why? – – Need to maintain care of animals – Threat/hazard is not an imminent danger to people – Trying to protect farm/animals/livelihood • What it means to you? – May cause issues if an evacuation order in place – May get a call for help later on in the emergency – Who is responsible for their safety? .

– Hogs – Bison – Poultry • Who is caring for animals left behind? .Evacuate People – Leave Animals • No time or not enough time to move animals as well. • Some animals cannot be moved easily.

ca/canada/newbrunswick/background/flood2008/index.html?dataPath=/photogallery/ canada/gallery_1238/xml/gallery_1238.cbc. • Rodeo/Fair Grounds • Auction Marts • Other similar facilities/farms • Where can farmer get assistance? • http://www.Evacuate Animals and People • Takes time • Where to? – The receiving location must have the ability to handle livestock.xml .

Pets in emergencies .

Pigs.Emergency Events and Pets • Human behavior – Some people will not be separated from their pets. Spiders. Horses • With pets comes a host of other issues – Public health concerns with serving food – Allergies to animals amongst evacuee’s – Risk of animal disease spread when consolidated . – Others will not evacuate without their pets (this can include animals as large as horses) • Expect the unexpected – People have unusual pets • Snakes.

etc.) – Access to veterinarian/vet services – Cleaning schedule and staff – Good communication with rest of reception centre – Restricted access to pet area.Lessons from Athabasca • Reception/Evacuation Centre could handle pets. . • Key lessons: – Need a detailed registration system for pets – Clear information on owner (contact. location.

Athabasca Pet Registration Form .

Lessons from Westlock • Reception Centre/Evacuation Centre could not take pets • Key lessons: – Need a place where evacuee’s can be close to their pets – Used same registration process for pets as for people – Adopted out temporarily. – Some people chose to live in vehicles rather than be separated. . do a quick read through when you start. – If you have a plan. – Have an excellent working relationship with local kennels and animal boarding facilities.

Lessons from inside the Slave Lake exclusion zone • Edmonton Humane Society (EHS) – deployed a team: – The request for assistance came through an unusual chain. . – EHS never seemed to be integrated with the EOC lead response • Logistic support was minimal/inconsistent • No formal way to raise issues up to Incident Management Team • The entry into homes to check on pets left behind needs to be coordinated with local authorities • Need a clear request/tasking process • Should be integrated with local DSS as a subunit. • Needs to be resourced and supported like any other operational activity.

etc .Animal Care Emergency Response Plan – Fill in the blanks template – Planning team includes local veterinarians and SPCA – Local animal shelters part of Municipal Emergency Plan – Supplies and personnel to set up temp housing. cage cleaning. • Disaster Animal Response Team of Nova Scotia (DARTNS) – Shelter Manual – Three levels of response – added to municipal animal staff – Has a number of Standard Operating Procedures – how to set-up a temporary shelter.Plan Templates • Ontario groups created . feeding.

• Farm animals are not likely going to be evacuated • Anticipate. Plan ahead. Be flexible . • Any evacuation situation is going to bring a number of animals with it.Conclusion • About 62 percent of all households have a pet.

ab.andres@gov.Questions? Brad Andres Emergency Program Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development 780-638-3204 .