Dealing with Animals in Emergencies


Kelly Nilsson 
Empire State Animal Response Team  
NYS Emergency Management Office 

Lisa Corbett 
Empire State Animal Response Team 

This program highlighted the importance of developing local preparedness initiatives to manage animal emergencies. The speaker described the human resources potentially involved in animal emergency preparedness and response activities, and the benefits to their integration into the local emergency management system.
Learning Objectives
  1. Describe the relationship between animal needs and human health and safety during emergencies 
  2. Understand the legal requirements set forth in the state and Federal P.E.T.S. Act 
  3. Understand the need for personal preparedness 
  4. Recognize the need to collaborate with community partners in preparing for disasters effecting animals Understand community preparedness initiatives 
Public Health Preparedness Core Competencies

Domain I: 
1.1 Solve problems under emergency conditions.
1.3  Facilitate collaboration with internal and external emergency response partners.  
1.5 Demonstrate respect for all persons and cultures. 
1.6 Act within the scope of one’s legal authority. 

Domain III: 
3.2 Contribute Expertise to the development of emergency plans. 

Domain IV:  
4.1 Maintain personal/family plans. 

Public Health Emergency Preparedness Capabilities

Capability 1: Community Preparedness

Capability 7: Mass Care

Capability 14: Responder Health and Safety  

Capability 15: Volunteer Management

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