According to the Pets Evacuation and Transportation Standards Act of 2006 (PETS Act), “the Director shall ensure that such plans (state and local) take into account the needs of individuals with household pets and service animals prior to, during, and following a major disaster or emergency .” (Public Law 109-308, Section 2 (b)(3)).
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Any requests for assistance should go through your local Emergency Operations Center/EMA Director. (You shouldn’t be contacting GDA directly because you will not get reimbursed for expenses).
CERT Program: Community Emergency Response Teams: do you have one with volunteers to assist in a disaster scenario? You want trained & knowledgeable assistance during an event.
Keep Volunteer Lists current and up to date.
Local Animal Disaster Plan: Work with your EMA Director to develop a plan. If you don’t have one in place, the Federal Government will not reimburse—federal mandate under the PETS ACT.
Plan should identify Animal Friendly Shelter location for those in your community who may require housing assistance for their animals; animals in your area that may require assistance in advance: How many equine/cattle owners do you have? Licensed breeding/kennel facilities? Owners with large numbers of animals. Homeowners with special needs.