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Animals in Emergencies for Owners and Planners - Training Videos

Oak Ridge National Laboratory

January 1, 2011

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.