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presentation for 2007 community volunteer training. San Francisco Disaster Preparedness Coalition for Animals.

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San Francisco Disaster Planning Coalition for Animals Orientation San Francisco Disaster Planning Coalition for Animals Orientation Presentation Transcript

  • WELCOME San Francisco Disaster Preparedness Coalition for Animals Orientation
  • Coalition Members SFVMA
  • MISSION
    • The San Francisco Disaster Preparedness Coalition for Animals (SFDPCA)
    • educates citizens about disaster preparedness for companion animals
    • advocates for and empowers guardians to maintain care and control of their pets during a large-scale disaster
    • helps to coordinate the provision of food, shelter, and medical care to San Francisco’s resident animals in the event of an emergency
  • WHY WE ARE HERE
    • In the event of a major disaster:
    • You are the epicenter!
  • COURSE AGENDA
    • Session 1
    • Personal preparedness: Learn what to do before and immediately after a disaster:
    • How to secure yourself, your family, your home, and your pets
    • How you can help in your immediate surroundings
    • How to know when you are ready to help
    • Take an inventory of the skills you can bring to the response efforts
  • COURSE AGENDA
    • Session 2 – April 26, 2007, 6:30pm-8pm
    • Roles and Responsibilities of animal coalition volunteers
    • Understand the leadership, volunteer management, and crisis counseling skills you may use in general duties
    • Volunteer management training by John Lipp of PAWS
  • COURSE AGENDA
    • Session 3 – May 31, 2007, 6:30pm-8pm
    • Participate in a practice exercise that simulates a coalition-run shelter during a disaster
    • Hear a guest speaker (TBD) talk about lessons learned from a major disaster such as Katrina or the Loma Prieta earthquake
    • Feedback, evaluation, Q&A
  • EMS SUPPLY & DEMAND
    • 750k-2m people, including residents & commuters
    • 200,000 pets, including dogs, cats, and various others
    • 35 fire stations -- 19 trucks, 42 engines, 2 rescue squads, 350 fire fighters
    • 14 Animal Control officers and 12 reserves
    • Even the best-prepared city’s EMS infrastructure will be overwhelmed in the event a large-scale disaster
  • RESPONSE PLAN
    • First responders are activated:
    • San Francisco Fire Department
    • Law Enforcement, including SF Police Department and SF Animal Care and Control
    • SF Department of Public Works
    • SF Department of Public Health
    • Battalion chiefs take command at Neighborhood Emergency Response Team staging areas.
    • Trained volunteers report to staging areas and open spaces.
  • OFFICIALS’ PRIORITIES
    • Rescuing people from immediate danger and treating injured people
    • Securing the water supply
    • Stopping fires, preserving or restoring roads, electricity, communications systems, and preventing further damage
    • Managing evacuations and safety of structures and use of property
    • Addressing the needs of vulnerable populations
  • CITIZENS’ PRIORITIES
    • Prepare yourself
    • Prepare your home and office
    • Prepare structures where you live and work
    • Develop a plan for how you will respond when disaster strikes
  • PREPARE PETS
    • Include planning for your animals in your general preparedness efforts:
    • Have an animal disaster kit containing first aid, supplies, food and water, medications, and emergency numbers
    • Microchip your pets and keep contact information updated
    • Know the location of the closest veterinary hospital
    • Identify possible temporary housing for your pets
    • Prepare to evacuate your pets – have appropriate crates and carriers
  • IN THE EVENT OF DISASTER
    • REMAIN CALM!
    • Secure yourself
    • Check for injury
    • Secure people in your immediate environment
    • Check for hazards in the environment – fires, gas leaks, electrical hazards
  • SECURE YOUR PETS
    • Check for injury and shock
    • Confine pet in a safe location
    • Move pets to another location if your home is not safe
  • WHEN YOU’RE READY TO HELP
    • TUNE INTO THE EMERGENCY RESPONSE SYSTEM
    • If you’re NERT trained, follow the instructions you’ve been given. Once at your staging area, identify yourself as NERT and SFDPCA trained .
    • In response to the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, and the overwhelming response by the public, the San Francisco Fire Department formed a training program that provides individuals with hands-on disaster preparedness skills and neighborhood emergency response training, and instructs team members on how to be self sufficient in the event of a major disaster.
    • The NERT Training Program is a FREE 20-hour program consisting of six, 3-hour class sessions led by professional firefighters
    • SFDPCA strongly encourages you to take NERT training in your neighborhood.
    • For more information visit: http://www.sfgov.org/sfnert or consult your SFDPCA manual for more details.
  • WHEN YOU’RE READY TO HELP If you’re not NERT trained and the phones work, call The SF/SPCA’s Public Information line [TBD]. If the phones don’t work, wait for an announcement regarding animal issues.
  • THE ANIMAL RESPONSE PLAN
    • There are national organizations that give disaster preparedness training and aid in a disaster, but a well-planned and executed local response is critical.
    • The primary responsibility for management of the animal RESCUE rests with SF Animal Care and Control.
    • VETERINARY CARE will be managed by SF/ACC, The SF/SPCA, Pets Unlimited, and our partner veterinarians.
    • The role of this Coalition will be TRIAGE and COORDINATION of animals who come into shelters created in neighborhoods.
    • Requests for resources – e.g., food, supplies, and water – will be coordinated at the local level.
  • Work for SFDPCA Volunteers
    • Once human shelters have been opened (probably about 72 hours after the event), shelters for dogs and cats will be created nearby in select areas. Animal Care & Control will attempt to shelter exotics (e.g., reptiles) and small animals (e.g., rodents and birds) at ACC on 15 th St.
    • COMPANION ANIMALS WILL NOT BE ALLOWED IN HUMAN SHELTERS for reasons such as allergies, hygiene, and safety of both people and animals.
    • SERVICE ANIMALS WILL BE ALLOWED IN HUMAN SHELTERS.
    • EXOTIC AND SMALL ANIMALS WILL NOT BE ALLOWED IN MOST ANIMAL SHELTERS.
    • Every dog and cat that enters will be scanned for a micro-chip, micro-chipped, photographed, and assigned an identification number.
    • An 800 number will be established for lost & found animals to facilitate reunification between animals and their guardians.
  • SKILL SETS
    • General volunteers – may be assigned to intake, client service, logistics, safety
    • Handling, transporting, and treating animals – experienced handlers, such shelter volunteers or staff, veterinary professionals
    • Cleaning, watering, and feeding animals
  • WHY WE ARE TRAINING VOLUNTEERS
    • The training program prepares volunteers to liaison with officials.
    • Training gives the coalition the opportunity to identify volunteer leaders.
    • The training program educates volunteers about key information and structures that will be put in place.
  • WHAT YOU CAN DO NEXT
    • Complete the Application and Skills Inventory and join us for Sessions 2 and 3 on April 26 th and May 31 st
    • Train with the Neighborhood Emergency Response Teams (NERT)
    • Take Pet First Aid at The SF/SPCA or the Red Cross
    • Join SF/ACC as a Reserve Animal Control Officer
    • You can find detailed information in your SFDPCA manual.
  • DISASTER PREPAREDNESS
    • Join the San Francisco Disaster Preparedness Coalition for Animals for
    • 3 FREE Training Sessions
    • 6:30-8pm
    • @The SF/SPCA, 243 Alabama Street
    • Thursday, March 29th
    • Thursday, April 26th
    • Thursday, May 31 st
    • Learn how to help your own pets and the animals in our neighborhoods and the San Francisco community
    • For more information, visit www.sfspca.org/training_disaster.html