Kinship Circle: DISASTER RELIEF TRAINING LSART, MuttShack, PetSmart, March 21-24

Wednesday, March 14th, 2007

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From: Kinship Circle – kinshipcircle [at]
Date: Mar 14, 2007 8:19 PM
Subject: DISASTER RELIEF TRAINING LSART, MuttShack, PetSmart, March 21-24


3/14/07: Disaster Relief Training – LSART, MuttShack, PetSmart
March 21-24, Baton Rouge, Louisiana


1. MuttShack Animal Rescue Transportation Training
2. Post-Katrina Animal Disaster Relief: Still Work To Be Done
3. LSART Summit Conference


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DawnWatch tip: Washington Post Radio tomorrow on animal disaster preparedness — 8/29/06

Monday, August 28th, 2006

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From: DawnWatch – news [at]
Date: Aug 28, 2006 2:37 PM
Subject: DawnWatch tip: Washington Post Radio tomorrow on animal disaster preparedness — 8/29/06

(Please forward to rescue groups that will be interested.)

Tomorrow morning, Tuesday, August 29, Washington Post Radio is devoting a full hour to coverage of the Katrina Animal Disaster — and what we learned from it with regard to the need for disaster preparedness and policy changes.

I am delighted to be included in the show, following up on my op-ed published in the Washington Post, just after Hurricane Katrina, which pointed out how the Red Cross and other “no-pet” policies exacerbated the disaster for so many people — making it fatal for some. I will paste that piece below for those who missed it.

The show will air at 11am Eastern, 8am Pacific on 107.7 FM and 1500 AM in DC and on line for the rest of us at

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FEMA: Disaster Information & Online Courses for Livestock Owners

Sunday, August 27th, 2006

In addition to offering disaster guidelines for “pet owners,” FEMA also has recommendations for those who care for “livestock” (oy, how I hate those terms!).

As with companion animals, an online Independent Study (IS) course is available for livestock as well:

* IS-111 Livestock In Disasters

Additionally, FEMA recommends that livestock owners take the general “animals in disasters” courses aimed at companion animals:

* IS-10 Animals in Disaster, Awareness and Preparedness

* IS-11 Animals in Disaster, Community Planning

In general, FEMA/EMI IS courses are free to US citizens and can be completed in two to twelve hours, all from the comfort of your home. To learn more, please see their FAQ. A full list of their 50+ courses is available here.


Information for Livestock Owners

If you have large animals such as horses, cattle, sheep, goats, or pigs on your property, be sure to prepare before a disaster.
Preparation Guidelines:

* Ensure all animals have some form of identification that will help facilitate their return.

* Evacuate animals whenever possible. Arrangements for evacuation, including routes and host sites, should be made in advance. Alternate routes should be mapped out in case the planned route is inaccessible.

* The evacuation sites should have or be able to readily obtain food, water, veterinary care, handling equipment and facilities.

* Make available vehicles and trailers needed for transporting and supporting each type of animal. Also make available experienced handlers and drivers.

Note: It is best to allow animals a chance to become accustomed to vehicular travel so they are less frightened and easier to move.

* If evacuation is not possible, a decision must be made whether to move large animals to available shelter or turn them outside. This decision should be determined based on the type of disaster and the soundness and location of the shelter (structure).
Cold Weather Guidelines:

When temperatures plunge below zero, livestock producers need to give extra attention to their animals. Prevention is the key to dealing with hypothermia, frostbite and other cold weather injuries in livestock.

Making sure your livestock has the following help prevent cold-weather maladies:

* Shelter

* Plenty of dry bedding to insulate vulnerable udders, genitals and legs from the frozen ground and frigid winds.

* Windbreaks to keep animals safe from frigid conditions.

* Plenty of food and water

Also, take extra time to observe livestock, looking for early signs of disease and injury. Severe cold-weather injuries or death primarily occur in the very young or in animals that are already debilitated. Cases of coldweather-related sudden death in calves often result when cattle are suffering from undetected infection, particularly pneumonia. Sudden, unexplained livestock deaths and illnesses should be investigated quickly so that a cause can be identified and steps can be taken to protect remaining animals.

Animals suffering from frostbite don’t exhibit pain. It may be up to two weeks before the injury becomes evident as freeze-damaged tissue starts to slough away. At that point, the injury should be treated as an open wound and a veterinarian should be consulted.
Last Modified: Tuesday, 21-Mar-2006 08:41:50 EST


Additional Disaster Information from FEMA is available here.

FEMA: Disaster Information & Online Courses for Pet Owners

Sunday, August 27th, 2006

In compiling some information for my Hurricane Katrina page, I came across the following information from FEMA. Since we’re in the midst in hurricane season – and fast approaching the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina – I think FEMA’s disaster guidelines merit a mention.

In addition to the guidelines for “pet owners,” FEMA also offers the following training courses online:

* IS-10 Animals in Disaster, Awareness and Preparedness

* IS-11 Animals in Disaster, Community Planning

Both are web-based Independent Study (IS) courses, and well worth a look if you have the time.

According to the FEMA/EMI FAQ, the IS courses are generally offered free of charge to US residents, and in some cases may earn you college credit. A full list of their 50+ courses is available here.

A great deal, and one I definitely plan on taking advantage of in the coming weeks!


Information for Pet Owners

* Plan for Pet Disaster Needs
* Prepare to Shelter Your Pet
* During a Disaster
* After a Disaster

If you evacuate your home, DO NOT LEAVE YOUR PETS BEHIND! Pets most likely cannot survive on their own; and if by some remote chance they do, you may not be able to find them when you return.

For additional information, please contact The Humane Society of the United States.
Plan for Pet Disaster Needs

* Identifying shelter. For public health reasons, many emergency shelters cannot accept pets. Find out which motels and hotels in the area you plan to evacuate to allow pets — well in advance of needing them. There are also a number of guides that list hotels/motels that permit pets and could serve as a starting point. Include your local animal shelter’s number in your list of emergency numbers — they might be able to provide information concerning pets during a disaster.

* Take pet food, bottled water, medications, veterinary records, cat litter/pan, can opener, food dishes, first aid kit and other supplies with you in case they’re not available later. While the sun is still shining, consider packing a “pet survival” kit which could be easily deployed if disaster hits.

* Make sure identification tags are up to date and securely fastened to your pet’s collar. If possible, attach the address and/or phone number of your evacuation site. If your pet gets lost, his tag is his ticket home. Make sure you have a current photo of your pet for identification purposes.

* Make sure you have a secure pet carrier, leash or harness for your pet so that if he panics, he can’t escape.
Prepare to Shelter Your Pet

* Call your local emergency management office, animal shelter, or animal control office to get advice and information.

* If you are unable to return to your home right away, you may need to board your pet. Find out where pet boarding facilities are located. Be sure to research some outside your local area in case local facilities close.

* Most boarding kennels, veterinarians and animal shelters will need your pet’s medical records to make sure all vaccinations are current. Include copies in your “pet survival” kit along with a photo of your pet.

* NOTE: Some animal shelters will provide temporary foster care for owned pets in times of disaster, but this should be considered only as a last resort.

* If you have no alternative but to leave your pet at home, there are some precautions you must take, but remember that leaving your pet at home alone can place your animal in great danger! Confine your pet to a safe area inside — NEVER leave your pet chained outside! Leave them loose inside your home with food and plenty of water. Remove the toilet tank lid, raise the seat and brace the bathroom door open so they can drink. Place a notice outside in a visible area, advising what pets are in the house and where they are located. Provide a phone number where you or a contact can be reached as well as the name and number of your vet.
During a Disaster

* Bring your pets inside immediately.

* Have newspapers on hand for sanitary purposes. Feed the animals moist or canned food so they will need less water to drink.

* Animals have instincts about severe weather changes and will often isolate themselves if they are afraid. Bringing them inside early can stop them from running away. Never leave a pet outside or tied up during a storm.

* Separate dogs and cats. Even if your dogs and cats normally get along, the anxiety of an emergency situation can cause pets to act irrationally. Keep small pets away from cats and dogs.

* In an emergency, you may have to take your birds with you. Talk with your veterinarian or local pet store about special food dispensers that regulate the amount of food a bird is given. Make sure that the bird is caged and the cage is covered by a thin cloth or sheet to provide security and filtered light.
After a Disaster

* If after a disaster you have to leave town, take your pets with you. Pets are unlikely to survive on their own.

* In the first few days after the disaster, leash your pets when they go outside. Always maintain close contact. Familiar scents and landmarks may be altered and your pet may become confused and lost. Also, snakes and other dangerous animals may be brought into the area with flood areas. Downed power lines are a hazard.

* The behavior of your pets may change after an emergency. Normally quiet and friendly pets may become aggressive or defensive. Watch animals closely. Leash dogs and place them in a fenced yard with access to shelter and water.
Last Modified: Tuesday, 01-Aug-2006 16:31:09 EDT


Additional Disaster Information from FEMA is available here.

Kinship Circle: LETTER / Dear Senator: Remember Katrina, Pass PETS Act

Wednesday, July 12th, 2006

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From: Kinship Circle – info [at]
Date: Jul 4, 2006 12:03 PM
Subject: LETTER/ Dear Senator: Remember Katrina. Pass PETS Act

7/4/06–Dear U.S. Senator: Remember Katrina. Pass PETS Act

American Humane:

PETITION: Protect Animals During Times of Disaster! Target: Senators

To identify your federal legislators and find contact info, try:
Congressional Switchboard: 202-224-3121

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The Petition Site: Make Sure Pets Get Home Safely

Wednesday, July 12th, 2006

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From: Michael L., Care2 Animal Welfare Alerts – animalwelfare [at]
Date: 23 Jun 2006 12:40:54 -0700
Subject: Make Sure Pets Get Home Safely

Take Action Today!

Tragically for our pets, when disaster strikes the federal government will not reimburse states for the cost of rescuing and sheltering animals, or for the cost of reuniting them with loving families. Please help make sure pets are cared for before, and after, a disaster!

Read the Petition Text

With hurricane season on us again we need to make sure that our nation’s animals will be protected before and after a disaster.

Please tell your U.S. Senators to support the PETS bill and help make sure pets are cared for before, and after, a disaster >>

Responding to the need for better plans to deal with animals during disasters, Congress introduced bills in both houses. The House of Representatives passed a bill that would ensure that all states take into account the needs of animals when drawing up emergency and evacuation plans, but it does not provide any funding to increase shelter capacity, or states to be reimbursed for actions taken to protect animal life.

The Senate version of the PETS bill is an important improvement over the House version. This bill acknowledges the federal government’s responsibility to provide funding to help states and localities cover the additional costs of animal shelter, care and reunion. Without federal funding, states will be unable to put into place the systems of care and recovery we know are needed to provide for the needs of families with pets. It is vital that the Senate approve legislation that would require the federal government to reimburse states for the costs of rescuing and sheltering animals and reuniting them with their human families.

Please contact your Senators and urge them to make sure the final version of the PETS Act provides funding to increase America’s ability to protect animals when disaster strikes >>


Michael Lawley,
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IFAW: Tell Congress not to leave pets behind

Friday, June 23rd, 2006

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From: Fred O’Regan, International Fund for Animal Welfare – fred [at]
Date: Jun 19, 2006 5:00 PM
Subject: Tell Congress not to leave pets behind

International Fund for Animal Welfare June 19, 2006

Tell Congress not to leave pets behind

When a natural disaster strikes, pets are often the forgotten victims. Animals are often lost or owners are forced to leave them behind during mandatory evacuations.

Throughout IFAW’s hurricane relief efforts last year to rescue the animals left behind in the wake of Katrina, we were continuously humbled by our encounters with survivors who risked everything to protect and reunite with their pets.

From tales of incredible determination and courage, to stories of hope and perseverance, our animal rescue workers have been extremely privileged to be a part of so many extraordinary examples of the bond between humans and animals that clearly illustrate the compassion people have for their pets during the most difficult of times.

And now you can help make sure no more pets needlessly suffer in the next natural emergency.

Urge Your Senator to Pass the PETS Act

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IDA: Disaster Preparedness Today

Wednesday, June 21st, 2006

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From: In Defense of Animals – takeaction [at]
Date: Jun 16, 2006 6:19 PM
Subject: Disaster Preparedness Today

Months have passed since Hurricane Katrina shook the Gulf Coast. Along with the rest of the country, we at IDA were shocked and saddened by the tragic loss of lives in the devastation of this storm, which was the largest and most damaging in American history. The thousands who lost family members to the storm, including many beloved companion animals, are still in our thoughts. In the aftermath, countless animals were left homeless, abandoned, and in dire need. Starving and traumatized, suffering from illnesses and injuries, the animals in New Orleans and other storm-hit areas depended on IDA and other caring individuals and organizations for desperately needed help.

Thanks to the generous support of our members, IDA’s Project Hope rescue team was among the first on the ground after the storm hit and among the last to leave after the storm laid waste to the area. Our humane trapping efforts allowed us to rescue hundreds of animals who are now in loving homes, and we saved many more animals from dying of starvation or thirst by maintaining outdoor feeding stations. The hurricane’s devastation shows us how important it is for guardians to plan ahead for the safety of animal companions in case of emergency.

With hurricane season just around the corner, it is important to consider the following: Do you know what you would do if disaster struck? Where would you take your animals? Do you have enough food and water stored away? Who would check on your animals if you were away from home during a disaster?

Your animal friends’ lives could depend on your answers to these questions.

Please take some time to make a disaster plan TODAY. Click here for more information.

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DawnWatch: Wall Street Journal front page of emergency evacuation with pets 6/8/06

Thursday, June 8th, 2006

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From: DawnWatch – news [at] dawnwatch [dot] com
Date: Jun 8, 2006 6:30 PM
Subject: DawnWatch: Wall Street Journal front page of emergency evacuation with pets 6/8/06

The Thursday, June 8, Wall Street Journal has a front page story headed, “In Case of Disaster, Mr. Milelli Has Plans For You and Your Dog.”

It opens:

“Moved by the images of teary residents who resisted leaving their flooded homes after Hurricane Katrina because they couldn’t take their pets with them, Paul Milelli hit upon a plan to shelter man and beast together in public schools.

“‘Pets and people in our minds have to go together,’ says Mr. Milelli, Palm Beach County’s director of Public Safety. ‘It undermines our efforts to get vulnerable people out of harm’s way if they don’t want to leave Fifi or Fido behind.’

“But Mr. Milelli and other emergency managers are finding that placing loved pets with their owners under one roof isn’t easy. Palm Beach County’s school board recently refused to participate in his plan for so-called pet-friendly shelters because it feared lawsuits. The concern: Pet dander would get into a ventilation system, trigger an asthma attack or other allergic reaction in a student or school staff member long after a storm has passed.”

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PETA Weekly E-News: Protecting Your Pets

Sunday, June 4th, 2006

You can view the entire newsletter here.

The following is an excerpt from the newsletter about companion animals and disaster preparedness.

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From: PETA
Date: Jun 2, 2006 4:34 PM
Subject: Weekly E-News: Protecting Your Pets

Hurricane Season: Have a Plan for Your Companion Animal

When Hurricane Katrina slammed into the Gulf Coast last year, thousands of animals were left in death traps that they couldn’t escape. PETA’s rescue teams saw animals who were clinging to trees surrounded by toxic floodwaters, swimming madly toward rescuers who were not permitted to rescue them, and pacing, stranded, and left to die on rooftops and balconies. The nation watched as our animal companions—who rely on humans for their safety—were abandoned.

We must learn from these tragedies. The 2006 hurricane season is here. Take a moment to review the important tips below and make sure that you and your neighbors are ready for what may hit this season.

Make Your Animal’s Safety a Priority: Be Prepared!

We encourage everyone to take a few minutes while conditions are secure to plan ahead and make arrangements for their animal companions’ safety in the event of natural disasters. The following are five disaster tips that you should know and tell others:

1. Do not leave animals behind. There is no way of knowing what may happen to your home while you are away, and you may not be able to return for days or even weeks. Animal companions left behind may become malnourished, dehydrated, or crushed by collapsing walls. They may drown or escape in fear and become lost.

2. Know your destination ahead of time. Shelters often do not accept animals, but motels in the area will probably accept dogs, cats, and other small animals in an emergency. Call destinations in advance, and find out which ones will accommodate you and your animals.

3. Place small animals in secure carriers. Dogs should be leashed with harnesses. Take water and food bowls, a towel, and enough food for a week.

4. All animals should have collars with identification. Make sure that you have a current photo of your animal companion for identification purposes, just as you would have for a child.

5. If you absolutely must leave your animal companions behind, leave them inside the house, with access to upper floors. Leave out at least 10 days’ supply of dry food and water. Fill multiple sinks, bowls, pans, and plastic containers with water. Do not turn animals loose outside to fend for themselves, and never tie them up or leave them outside in cages, where they will be unable to flee rising floodwaters.

Preparing a step-by-step advance plan for the entire family will help to ensure the safety of all your loved ones in case of emergency.

You Can Help!

Last year, in Katrina’s aftermath, PETA staff members worked tirelessly to rescue more than 300 abandoned animals in New Orleans. This year, PETA will be providing vital support and information to areas expected to be hit worst by predicted disasters, so that animals won’t have to wait for a rescue that may never come.

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