The plight of animals in disasters is well documented, yet the many recurring reports of animal suffering in disasters suggests that our knowledge of the conditions that predispose animals to risk and what we do about them is limited.
Emergency managers, on the other hand, who deal with disasters every day, have learnt to embrace the risks presented by hazards, their impacts, and their consequences. Whereas saving lives and property will always be the emergency manager’s first priority when disaster strikes, at other times emergency managers view the experiences gleaned from disaster response as openings into how to build and rebuild communities to be more resilient and livable. At animaldisasters.com we emulate that approach by taking the holistic view that all communities are always either mitigating, preparing for, responding to, or recovering from disasters.
By going beyond meeting the immediate needs of animals during the aftermath of disasters, animaldisasters.com provides a conduit to recognizing that hazards, as destructive as they can be, also inspire innovation to mitigate their impact. We also view the consequences of disasters, which are often the focus of response activities, as providing valuable insights into what needs and resources were mismatched in a community before disaster struck to can shed light on how to be better prepared for the future.
The success of animaldisasters.com comes from engaging owners, animal health care providers and emergency managers in considering the needs of animals and their owners during the planning, preparedness, mitigation, response and recovery activities. By involving owners, animal care providers and emergency managers animaldisasters.com entices community’s stake holders to invest in comprehensive strategies and resources, and to create an environment in which the care of animals and their owners is addressed before, during and after disaster strikes. Through this approach animaldisasters.com strives to improve the quality of life for people through better care of animals.
Animaldisasters.com also provides one of the most comprehensive databases on hazards, how these impact animals and information on what owners can do to protect animals from these hazards.
Support the Mission of animaldisasters.com by engaging with owners, animal health care providers and emergency managers to integrate the care of animals before, during and after disaster strikes and improve the quality of life for people through better care for animals at all times.