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Evacuating Populations with Special Needs: Animal Needs

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Animals have the same general needs as people during evacuations—safety, food, water, and shelter. However, due to the variety of animals that are domesticated and under human care, there are a wide variety of needs in handling, transporting, and sheltering these animals. Amendments to the Stafford Act in 2006, known as the PETS Act (see Chapter 2), require that jurisdictions integrate animal planning into local emergency response plans. [75] Congress intended this law to enhance animal safety in disasters, minimize public health concerns due to mass fatalities of animals, and ultimately encourage pet owners to evacuate with their animals rather than remain in danger with them.


Megan Kendall

Purdue University

Language English
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  1. Animal roles
  2. Animal shelters
  3. Animals in culture
  4. Animal welfare
  5. Emergency
  6. Farm animals
  7. Pet ownership
  8. Pets and companion animals
  9. Physical environment
  10. Social Environments
  11. Zoo and captive wild animals