Disaster Preparedness among Service Dog Puppy- Raisers (Human Subject Sample)
Disaster Research Center, Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice, University of Delaware, Newark, DE 19716, USA
Department of Criminal Justice Sciences, Illinois State University, Normal, IL 61761, USA
Public Administration, University of Colorado Denver, Denver, CO 80204, USA
Radiological Emergency Preparedness, Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security, Atlanta, GA 30316, USA
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Received: 20 December 2019 / Revised: 14 January 2020 / Accepted: 1 February 2020 / Published: 4 February 2020
Before service animals are matched with clients, they undergo training programs for increasing the dogs’ ability to navigate public spaces. Increasingly, service dog training programs recruit young adults from universities and college campuses. Little is known, however, how these students prepare for disasters and the ways in which they create plans to keep service dogs in training safe during hazard events. We collected data from service dog puppy raisers in a hurricane-prone region of the United States to understand their concepts and actions of disaster preparedness. People who were raising a service puppy for the first time were more likely to consider evacuating from Hurricane Irma in 2017 than people who had participated in the program before. Additionally, over half of the respondents did not have a disaster preparedness kit. Finally, many respondents in this study indicated that their service dog in training provides a sense of safety and security.