San Francisco Disaster Planning Coalition for Animals Orientation


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San Francisco Disaster Planning Coalition for Animals Orientation

  1. 1. WELCOME San Francisco Disaster Preparedness Coalition for Animals Orientation
  2. 2. Coalition Members SFVMA
  3. 3. MISSION <ul><li>The San Francisco Disaster Preparedness Coalition for Animals (SFDPCA) </li></ul><ul><li>educates citizens about disaster preparedness for companion animals </li></ul><ul><li>advocates for and empowers guardians to maintain care and control of their pets during a large-scale disaster </li></ul><ul><li>helps to coordinate the provision of food, shelter, and medical care to San Francisco’s resident animals in the event of an emergency </li></ul>
  4. 4. WHY WE ARE HERE <ul><li>In the event of a major disaster: </li></ul><ul><li>You are the epicenter! </li></ul>
  5. 5. COURSE AGENDA <ul><li>Session 1 </li></ul><ul><li>Personal preparedness: Learn what to do before and immediately after a disaster: </li></ul><ul><li>How to secure yourself, your family, your home, and your pets </li></ul><ul><li>How you can help in your immediate surroundings </li></ul><ul><li>How to know when you are ready to help </li></ul><ul><li>Take an inventory of the skills you can bring to the response efforts </li></ul>
  6. 6. COURSE AGENDA <ul><li>Session 2 – April 26, 2007, 6:30pm-8pm </li></ul><ul><li>Roles and Responsibilities of animal coalition volunteers </li></ul><ul><li>Understand the leadership, volunteer management, and crisis counseling skills you may use in general duties </li></ul><ul><li>Volunteer management training by John Lipp of PAWS </li></ul>
  7. 7. COURSE AGENDA <ul><li>Session 3 – May 31, 2007, 6:30pm-8pm </li></ul><ul><li>Participate in a practice exercise that simulates a coalition-run shelter during a disaster </li></ul><ul><li>Hear a guest speaker (TBD) talk about lessons learned from a major disaster such as Katrina or the Loma Prieta earthquake </li></ul><ul><li>Feedback, evaluation, Q&A </li></ul>
  8. 8. EMS SUPPLY & DEMAND <ul><li>750k-2m people, including residents & commuters </li></ul><ul><li>200,000 pets, including dogs, cats, and various others </li></ul><ul><li>35 fire stations -- 19 trucks, 42 engines, 2 rescue squads, 350 fire fighters </li></ul><ul><li>14 Animal Control officers and 12 reserves </li></ul><ul><li>Even the best-prepared city’s EMS infrastructure will be overwhelmed in the event a large-scale disaster </li></ul>
  9. 9. RESPONSE PLAN <ul><li>First responders are activated: </li></ul><ul><li>San Francisco Fire Department </li></ul><ul><li>Law Enforcement, including SF Police Department and SF Animal Care and Control </li></ul><ul><li>SF Department of Public Works </li></ul><ul><li>SF Department of Public Health </li></ul><ul><li>Battalion chiefs take command at Neighborhood Emergency Response Team staging areas. </li></ul><ul><li>Trained volunteers report to staging areas and open spaces. </li></ul>
  10. 10. OFFICIALS’ PRIORITIES <ul><li>Rescuing people from immediate danger and treating injured people </li></ul><ul><li>Securing the water supply </li></ul><ul><li>Stopping fires, preserving or restoring roads, electricity, communications systems, and preventing further damage </li></ul><ul><li>Managing evacuations and safety of structures and use of property </li></ul><ul><li>Addressing the needs of vulnerable populations </li></ul>
  11. 11. CITIZENS’ PRIORITIES <ul><li>Prepare yourself </li></ul><ul><li>Prepare your home and office </li></ul><ul><li>Prepare structures where you live and work </li></ul><ul><li>Develop a plan for how you will respond when disaster strikes </li></ul>
  12. 12. PREPARE PETS <ul><li>Include planning for your animals in your general preparedness efforts: </li></ul><ul><li>Have an animal disaster kit containing first aid, supplies, food and water, medications, and emergency numbers </li></ul><ul><li>Microchip your pets and keep contact information updated </li></ul><ul><li>Know the location of the closest veterinary hospital </li></ul><ul><li>Identify possible temporary housing for your pets </li></ul><ul><li>Prepare to evacuate your pets – have appropriate crates and carriers </li></ul>
  13. 13. IN THE EVENT OF DISASTER <ul><li>REMAIN CALM! </li></ul><ul><li>Secure yourself </li></ul><ul><li>Check for injury </li></ul><ul><li>Secure people in your immediate environment </li></ul><ul><li>Check for hazards in the environment – fires, gas leaks, electrical hazards </li></ul>
  14. 14. SECURE YOUR PETS <ul><li>Check for injury and shock </li></ul><ul><li>Confine pet in a safe location </li></ul><ul><li>Move pets to another location if your home is not safe </li></ul>
  15. 15. WHEN YOU’RE READY TO HELP <ul><li>TUNE INTO THE EMERGENCY RESPONSE SYSTEM </li></ul><ul><li>If you’re NERT trained, follow the instructions you’ve been given. Once at your staging area, identify yourself as NERT and SFDPCA trained . </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>The NERT Training Program is a FREE 20-hour program consisting of six, 3-hour class sessions led by professional firefighters </li></ul><ul><li>SFDPCA strongly encourages you to take NERT training in your neighborhood. </li></ul><ul><li>For more information visit: or consult your SFDPCA manual for more details. </li></ul>
  16. 16. 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.
  17. 17. THE ANIMAL RESPONSE PLAN <ul><li>There are national organizations that give disaster preparedness training and aid in a disaster, but a well-planned and executed local response is critical. </li></ul><ul><li>The primary responsibility for management of the animal RESCUE rests with SF Animal Care and Control. </li></ul><ul><li>VETERINARY CARE will be managed by SF/ACC, The SF/SPCA, Pets Unlimited, and our partner veterinarians. </li></ul><ul><li>The role of this Coalition will be TRIAGE and COORDINATION of animals who come into shelters created in neighborhoods. </li></ul><ul><li>Requests for resources – e.g., food, supplies, and water – will be coordinated at the local level. </li></ul>
  18. 18. Work for SFDPCA Volunteers <ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>COMPANION ANIMALS WILL NOT BE ALLOWED IN HUMAN SHELTERS for reasons such as allergies, hygiene, and safety of both people and animals. </li></ul><ul><li>SERVICE ANIMALS WILL BE ALLOWED IN HUMAN SHELTERS. </li></ul><ul><li>EXOTIC AND SMALL ANIMALS WILL NOT BE ALLOWED IN MOST ANIMAL SHELTERS. </li></ul><ul><li>Every dog and cat that enters will be scanned for a micro-chip, micro-chipped, photographed, and assigned an identification number. </li></ul><ul><li>An 800 number will be established for lost & found animals to facilitate reunification between animals and their guardians. </li></ul>
  19. 19. SKILL SETS <ul><li>General volunteers – may be assigned to intake, client service, logistics, safety </li></ul><ul><li>Handling, transporting, and treating animals – experienced handlers, such shelter volunteers or staff, veterinary professionals </li></ul><ul><li>Cleaning, watering, and feeding animals </li></ul>
  20. 20. WHY WE ARE TRAINING VOLUNTEERS <ul><li>The training program prepares volunteers to liaison with officials. </li></ul><ul><li>Training gives the coalition the opportunity to identify volunteer leaders. </li></ul><ul><li>The training program educates volunteers about key information and structures that will be put in place. </li></ul>
  21. 21. WHAT YOU CAN DO NEXT <ul><li>Complete the Application and Skills Inventory and join us for Sessions 2 and 3 on April 26 th and May 31 st </li></ul><ul><li>Train with the Neighborhood Emergency Response Teams (NERT) </li></ul><ul><li>Take Pet First Aid at The SF/SPCA or the Red Cross </li></ul><ul><li>Join SF/ACC as a Reserve Animal Control Officer </li></ul><ul><li>You can find detailed information in your SFDPCA manual. </li></ul>
  22. 22. DISASTER PREPAREDNESS <ul><li>Join the San Francisco Disaster Preparedness Coalition for Animals for </li></ul><ul><li>3 FREE Training Sessions </li></ul><ul><li>6:30-8pm </li></ul><ul><li>@The SF/SPCA, 243 Alabama Street </li></ul><ul><li>Thursday, March 29th </li></ul><ul><li>Thursday, April 26th </li></ul><ul><li>Thursday, May 31 st </li></ul><ul><li>Learn how to help your own pets and the animals in our neighborhoods and the San Francisco community </li></ul><ul><li>For more information, visit </li></ul>