|EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS INFORMATION|
|LOCAL EMERGENCY AND WEATHER ALERTS|
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PENINSULA HUMANE SOCIETY PHS/SPCA
The Peninsula humane Society & SPCA has a comprehensive plan to help animals and animal owners in the event of a local disaster or emergency. Five points are stressed throughout our written plan:
PHS/SPCA has had experience responding to small scale emergencies. In one case, PHS/SPCA (and other SF Bay Area shelters) were given less than 24 hours notice that a number of animals displaced in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina were coming to SFO. With help from volunteers, PHS/SPCA turned their back parking lot into a mini shelter and housed 60+ animals for a few months. More recently, PHS/SPCA was on scene minutes after the San Bruno gas explosion and provided the following:
PHS/SPCA would provide this same level of assistance in any local, small-scale disaster impacting a few blocks, one neighborhood or one small community within our county.
PHS/SPCA Response to Large Scale Disaster or Emergencies has not yet been called to action, but is prepared to have a role. PHS/SPCA has a Memorandum of Understanding with the Red Cross, explaining how the two organizations will work together. In addition, PHS/SPCA has recruited a number of volunteers with specific backgrounds (animal handling, construction, CPR, pet first aid, CERT) and works with these volunteers periodically.
Although PHS/SPCA does not have the resources to help all pet owners in a large-scale disaster, we do have the ability to establish a temporary field shelter in our community. Initial supplies on hand will allow us to provide assistance for 100-150 animals for five days, until additional resources can be gathered. Pets are typically not allowed at shelters for humans. PHS/SPCA has contacts with many local for-profit veterinarians, boarding kennels and pet-friendly hotels that may be able to assist by providing staffing, supplies or accommodations for pets in the event of a disaster.
Many types of incidents can trigger the need to implement disaster response plans, from local emergencies to regional disasters. PHS/SPCA has requested that our County OES make us aware of relevant high-alert situations.
PHS/SPCA encourages pet owners to create their own personal disaster plans, which include provisions for their pets. Increased readiness among individual pet owners is the single most important measure in decreasing the number of pets impacted by a disaster.
For more information about PHS/SPCA, contact disaster@PHS-SPCA.org
If you work for an animal-related business and are unsure whether your group has offered support (and to what extent) please contact Katie Dinneen.
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