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Animals in Emergencies for Owners and Planners videos

Because animals can influence a person’s decision to take protective actions, it is important to understand how to manage animals during emergencies. The Pets Evacuation and Transportation Standards Act of 2006 requires state and local emergency plans to address the needs of individuals with household pets and service animals. When a disaster occurs, animals may remain untended to for weeks if they are not evacuated or placed in a secure facility.

Often the disaster results in substantial debris, contaminated food or water supplies, downed fences and damaged structures, with abandoned animals facing significant hazards after the event.

Why are animal issues important in emergency planning?

  • Animal issues can impact public health and safety.
  • Protecting animals in emergencies involves a public and private coordinated effort.
  • The average household is estimated to have 1.2 pets, excluding wild or exotic pets.
  • Treating domesticated or rescued animals may spread zoonotic diseases if personnel are not properly protected.
  • Decontaminating animals is difficult to manage if community plans and necessary resources are lacking.

Animals in Emergencies (owners)

The Animals in Emergencies for Owners video is intended to help pet and livestock owners prepare to protect their animals during emergencies. It informs owners about the key points in developing a plan to evacuate animals or to shelter them in place and how to find resources for assistance in their community.

Topics also include identifying hazards that impact animals, provisions for animals to include in a family emergency kit, and information on traveling across state lines or by a commercial carrier. Animal care experts and veterinarians also explain why having a recent photo; current vaccination records and identification including microchips are important; why decontamination may be necessary; and basic precautions to take when animals return home. This video includes pets in emergencies as well as farm animals and exotic species.

Some of these publications are available in PDF format. To view these files, you must have the Adobe Reader, which is available free on the Adobe website. To play the video file, you will need the latest version of Apple QuickTime™ installed on your computer.


Animales en Emergencias

Qué necesitan saber los dueños

Este entrenamiento en video tiene como objetivo ayudar a los dueños de mascotas y ganado a prepararse para proteger a sus animales durante una emergencia. Informa a los dueños acerca de los puntos claves en el desarrollo de un plan para evacuar a sus animales o a refugiarios en el mismo lugar y cómo encontrar recursos en su comunidad que los pueda ayudar.


Animals in emergencies (planners)

The Animals in Emergencies for Planners video is intended to help emergency planners and public officials incorporate protection for animals into community emergency plans. The training discusses how to estimate the number of animals in the community for planning purposes, issues related to evacuating and sheltering-in-place, the importance of tracking animals, basic precautions to take when pets and livestock are returned, and how Animal Response Teams provide aid in disasters.

Some of these publications are available in PDF format. To view these files, you must have the Adobe Reader, which is available free on the Adobe website. To play the video file, you will need the latest version of Apple QuickTime™ installed on your computer.


If you have questions about the video, or to request a copy, contact:

Robert Norville
CSEPP Training Manager
DHS/FEMA/CSEPP
1800 S. Bell Street
Arlington, VA 20598-3025
Office: 703.605.1209
Mobile: 202.360.0740

robert.norville@dhs.gov