Challenges of Managing Animals in Disasters in the U.S.
Program Development and Analysis, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Washington, DC 20472, USA
Retired from College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN 37996, USA
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Received: 8 July 2014 / Revised: 30 October 2014 / Accepted: 15 February 2015 / Published: 26 March 2015
This article describes common challenges to managing animals in disasters in the US, summarizes how some of these challenges are being met and makes recommendations on how to overcome others. Many predictable adverse situations affecting animals and their owners can be prevented when communities develop a comprehensive emergency management strategy that integrates animal care into planning, preparedness, mitigation, and recovery activities, as well as response.