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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
introduction
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
katrina and animal rescue
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…
quick national response
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

accomplishments
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.

lessons for china
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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