A local public health model: Veterinary emergency response plan
HCPHES is an active member of the Harris County Disaster Animal Management Task Force. The Task Force focuses on county-wide animal issues and consists of veterinary, agricultural, public health and emergency management agencies on the state and local level. As a leader of the Task Force, HCPHES addressed the PETS Act of 2006 by developing a model veterinary emergency response plan to accommodate and manage pets and service animals arriving with evacuees.
The development of this plan enabled HCPHES to identify its responsibilities as well as resource gaps to address moving forward. The plan can also serve as a template for other Task Force agencies to assist them in constructing their own plans documenting their agency’s responsibilities. Through the development of internal agency plans, the Task Force will be better able to identify resource gaps and collaborate to address these needs.
The development of internal agency plans should enhance the Task Force’s overall capability to work together to ensure effective evacuation and care for pets and service animals during an emergency in the Houston/ Harris County area.
Learning Areas:Public health or related laws, regulations, standards, or guidelines
Public health or related organizational policy, standards, or other guidelines
Describe the process of developing an emergency response plan to effectively accommodate and manage household pets and service animals accompanying evacuees. Describe the outcomes of developing an internal veterinary emergency response plan.
Keyword(s): Emergency Preparedness, Veterinary Public Health
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I assumed a lead role in the development of the HCPHES Veterinary Emergency Response Plan. As a project leader, I was responsible for collecting information used to develop the content of the VPH Plan. I also assumed the lead role in the actual writing of the VPH Plan & worked closely with individuals from both the HCPHES Office of Public Health Preparedness & the Division of Veterinary Public Health to sculpt the final product.
Any relevant financial relationships? No
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