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Disaster Response and National Efforts: Lessons from Katrina Kelly O’Meara and Peter J. Li Humane Society International PowerPoint PPT Presentation

Disaster Response and National Efforts: Lessons from Katrina Kelly O’Meara and Peter J. Li Humane Society International Introduction Ours is a disaster-ridden world. Disasters come in different forms Disasters occur more frequently Increased human activities Environmental degradation

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Disaster Response and National Efforts: Lessons from KatrinaKelly O’Meara and Peter J. LiHumane Society International


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Introduction

Ours is a disaster-ridden world.

  • Disasters come in different forms

  • Disasters occur more frequently

    • Increased human activities

    • Environmental degradation

    • Climate change

  • Disasters are more damaging

    • Intensity of disasters

    • More man-made structures impacted

    • Greater human emotional damages

      • Household pets are members of family


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Katrina and Animal Rescue

Katrina: Sept. 2005


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Katrina

Enormous Animal Suffering

  • 125,000 animals impacted

  • 45,000 distress calls answered by HSUS alone

  • Large number of animals left behind

    Biggest Animal Rescue in US History

  • HSUS, in the disaster areas within 48 hours

    • $25 million into rescue operations

    • $5.5 million into post-disaster recovery

    • Three temporary facilities

    • Assisted other groups into the disaster areas

    • Assisted shipment of animals out


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Katrina

Biggest Animal Rescue in US History

  • HSUS, in the disaster areas within 48 hours

    • Assisted thousands of volunteers in the disaster areas

    • Set up a reunion center

    • Sent millions of dollars’ supplies

  • Scores of other groups from across the country

    • Local humane societies

    • Local SPCAs

    • Wildlife Animal Orphanage, Texas…


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Quick National Response

Humane societies across the country

  • Experience of animal rescue

  • Experienced volunteer and experts

    Collaboration of rescue groups

    Government consent

    Media coverage

    Public support for animal rescue


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Accomplishments

Well-organized rescue operation

  • More than 10,000 animals rescued

  • Over 2,500 animals reunited with families

  • A larger number of animals adopted across the country

    Public awareness to the need of disaster planning

  • Family disaster plan

  • Shelter disaster plan

  • Community disaster plan

    Creation of a National Animal Disaster Advisory Committee


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Accomplishments

Passage of Pets Evacuation and Transportation Standards (PETS) Act, 2006

  • No pets to be left behind in evacuation

  • Governments require to assist animal rescue and evacuation


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Accomplishments

Wayne Pacelle:

When we fail to account for the needs of the animals, we really cannot have a successful disaster response.

Katrina was a wakeup call.


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Lessons for China

China is disaster-ridden.

Sichuan earthquake: Chinese wake-up call?

Importance of a nation-wide disaster response network

  • Each community ready to host

  • Each community ready to help

    Importance of policy change

    China needs a “no pets left behind” legislation

    China needs a rescue plan that include pets.

    Importance of public education

  • Family disaster planning

  • Responsible pet ownership


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