Emergency Pet Sheltering During a Disaster
The Emergency Pet Sheltering During a Disaster workshop was based on an exercise originally developed by Linda Williams with Montana State Extension. The full-scale exercise for pet evacuation and sheltering was conducted in September of 2011 in Ft. Benton, MT. The goal of the exercise was to determine the potential role youth can play in pet welfare during a disaster. The exercise also provided the opportunity for 4-H youth and leaders to practice their roles in an incident.
The S-CAP program received funding to revise and update Montana's curriculum to become applicable nationwide. The Emergency Pet Sheltering During a Disaster workshop educates older youth, approximately 14-18 years of age, in disaster planning and preparedness for pets. Using Extension personnel and other community partners to empower youth will encourage them to form a positive attitude about the importance of local animal and agricultural emergency operations planning, increase capacity of local jurisdictions to handle issues during an emergency or disaster, increase communities’ resilience to disaster by becoming more self-sustaining and reduce impact of disasters through research-based education.
Extension educators and other leaders may download workshop resources for teaching.
Appendix A: FEMA Pet Owners Fact Sheet
Appendix B: FEMA Prepare for Emergencies Now: Information for Pet Owners
Appendix C: Sample Shelter Intake Form
Appendix D: Guidelines for Developing Pet Emergency Plan
Appendix E: Supply Kit Inventory List
Appendix F: Pet First Aid Inventory List
Appendix G: Workshop Evalution Form
Appendix H: Initial Knowledge Check
Appendix I: Final Knowledge Check
Appendix J: Initial and Final Knowledge Checks Answer Key
The Emergency Pet Sheltering During a Disaster workshop was funded by the USDA-NIFA Smith Lever Special Needs Competitive Grants Program (2013-41220-21192).