The Animals in Disaster Advisory Group (ADAG) held its quarterly meeting at LSU’s Business Education Complex on Friday, April 4th. Members of ADAG gathered to discuss solutions and form working groups to tackle the various needs of pets and other animals that arise as a result of disasters and other emergencies, including: recovery policies, pet evacuations and sheltering, pet decontamination, pet evacuation mobile shelters and a pet identification plan.
Also included in the meeting was a presentation by Bruce Davis, Ph.D., Science and Technology Directorate of the Department of Homeland Security. Davis introduced a mobile image analysis tool, currently in development, which utilizes the functionality of currently available mobile tablets and smartphones and allows disaster responders to access pre and post disaster images as an intelligent map. The mobile tool permits search and rescue responders to gather photos and information of affected areas and animals and quickly update the system with the most current information in the shared system from their mobile devices.
Members of ADAG will also be participating in the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness’ (GOHSEP) full scale exercise on April 5th to test the disaster response capabilities of local, state and federal agencies. The Louisiana State Animal Response Team (LSART) and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) are active in the drill with a focus on animal rescue during disaster response.
The Animals in Disaster Advisory Group (ADAG) was formed by SDMI and the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) to address these issues and lead a coalition of involved and interested organizations to reduce the harm to animals as a result of disasters. ADAG is made up of individuals representing local, state, and the federal government, academia, and private institutions, with expertise in emergency animal preparedness, response, and recovery matters. … Read the rest