The What Ifs, Dealing with Animals - Dawna Michalke, Texas Animal Health Commission


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The What Ifs, Dealing with Animals - Dawna Michalke, Texas Animal Health Commission

  1. 1. What Ifs…. Dealing With Animals Fort Bend County Emergency Preparedness Workshop 2009 Texas Animal Health Commission Dawna Michalke
  2. 2. Texas Animal Health Commission State regulatory agency responsible for dealing with diseases of Livestock and Poultry
  3. 3. Traditional Responders for Animal Diseases <ul><li>Vesicular Stomatitis outbreak- Rusk County </li></ul><ul><li>Avian Influenza outbreaks- Hopkins, Lee and Gonzales Counties </li></ul><ul><li>Exotic Newcastle Disease outbreak- El Paso </li></ul><ul><li>BSE situation </li></ul>
  4. 4. Emergency Management emerges to forefront in agency mission <ul><li>TAHC added to State Emergency Management Council in 2001 </li></ul><ul><li>Appointed lead agency for ALL animal disasters by GDEM </li></ul><ul><li>Involved in natural disasters as well as disease situations </li></ul>
  5. 5. As an agency, we spent our entire existence saying “we don’t do pets” Now, when it comes to disaster preparedness, we do pets!
  6. 6. Enter TXSART!! Created by TAHC to address the companion animal side of things!
  7. 7. Why Prepare For Animals?
  8. 8. <ul><li>PETS Act of 2006 </li></ul><ul><li>In order to receive FEMA reimbursement in the event of a disaster, state and local jurisdictions must plan for sheltering and evacuation of pets prior to a disaster. </li></ul><ul><li>$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>Animal issues ARE people issues! </li></ul>
  10. 10. In an emergency situation, you may have to deal with animals!
  11. 11. Why not include animals in your planning?
  12. 12. 2002 Fort Bend County Livestock Statistics <ul><li>Cattle 981 Farms 54,592 Head </li></ul><ul><li>Hogs 33 Farms 1,367 Head </li></ul><ul><li>Poultry 205 Farms </li></ul><ul><li>Horses 494 Farms 3400 Head </li></ul><ul><li>Sheep 31 Farms 622 Head </li></ul><ul><li>Goats 20 Farms 217 Head </li></ul>
  13. 13. Pets <ul><li>Population of Fort Bend County </li></ul><ul><li>X 62% </li></ul><ul><li>Each household having @ least one pet! </li></ul><ul><li>Average is 1.5 pph </li></ul><ul><li>30,000 x 62% = 18,600 x 1.5 = 27900 </li></ul><ul><li>Result = A LOT OF ANIMALS! </li></ul>
  14. 15. What If……
  15. 16. … your community was affected by <ul><li>A tornado </li></ul><ul><li>A transportation accident involving animals </li></ul><ul><li>A hurricane </li></ul><ul><li>A flood </li></ul><ul><li>A wildfire </li></ul><ul><li>A foreign animal disease </li></ul><ul><li>A CBRNE event </li></ul>
  16. 17. If…. … .Then
  17. 18. Evacuation <ul><li>How would you conduct an evacuation? </li></ul><ul><li>Do you have the resources to move people and animals? </li></ul><ul><li>Do you know who does? </li></ul><ul><li>How long would an evacuation take? Partial? Complete? </li></ul><ul><li>Do you have MOU or MOA w/ other jurisdictions to assist? </li></ul>
  18. 23. Shelter <ul><li>Have you identified facilities to serve as shelters? </li></ul><ul><li>What type of shelter will you operate? </li></ul><ul><li>Pet friendly? Collocated? Animal only? </li></ul><ul><li>Do you have a large animal facility? </li></ul><ul><li>Do you have volunteers to run a shelter? </li></ul><ul><li>What is your communities shelter capacity? </li></ul><ul><li>Donations management? </li></ul>
  19. 32. Rescue <ul><li>Do you have an “animal” rescue team in your county? </li></ul><ul><li>Do you know any rescue groups? </li></ul><ul><li>Are you equipped to train volunteers to conduct rescue activities? </li></ul>
  20. 43. Euthanasia <ul><li>Do you have a veterinarian identified in your jurisdiction who can provide euthanasia to critically injured/dying animals? </li></ul><ul><li>Have you identified a back-up to this individual? </li></ul><ul><li>Have you identified a back-up to this individual? </li></ul>
  21. 47. Carcass Disposal <ul><li>Do you have heavy equipment to dig a big hole? </li></ul><ul><li>Do you have neighbors that do? </li></ul><ul><li>Do you have a landfill in your community? Does it accept animal carcasses? </li></ul><ul><li>What are the regulations regarding burning in your community? </li></ul><ul><li>What are water table concerns when burying? </li></ul>
  22. 58. … because Animal Health Matters!
  23. 59. Contact Information <ul><li>Dawna Michalke </li></ul><ul><li>P. O. Box 682 </li></ul><ul><li>Sealy, TX 77474 </li></ul><ul><li>979-877-4584 cell </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>
  24. 60. Resources <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Our site will have documents that may assist in planning </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>This site provides links to other related sites which contain valuable information </li></ul>