Basic Principles of Managing a Large-Scale Animal Emergency or Disaster

July 2019 by Dick Green, Senior Director of Field Investigations & Response, ASPCA

Audience: Executive Leadership, Foster Caregivers, Shelter/Rescue Staff & Volunteers, Veterinary Team

Video Length: 53:34

The one thing that nearly all emergencies and disasters have in common is initial chaos. Along with the normal confusion, frustration, and possible danger that accompany an emergency, there exists a response mechanism that can add to the hectic situation as numerous agencies and resources arrive at the scene.

The ability of the individual, community or federal response teams to effectively manage a disaster or emergency is referred to as incident or emergency management. This workshop discusses the basic principles of incident management and why having everyone speak the same language and be under the same incident command structure saves lives. This presentation was recorded at the 2019 ASPCA Maddie's® Cornell Shelter Medicine Conference.

About Dick Green

Dick is currently the Senior Director of Disaster Response for the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). He has responded to scores of disasters including typhoons in Taiwan, Philippines, and Australia, volcanic eruptions in the U.S., Philippines and Iceland, tsunamis in Sri Lanka and Japan, and earthquakes in China, Haiti, and Japan.

Recent responses in the United States include fires and mudslides in CA, volcanic eruption in Hawaii, Hurricane Florence in 2018 and Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria in 2017. Dick has trained hundreds of responders in disaster prevention and response and has developed training curricula and texts for Slackwater Rescue, Water Rescue for Companion Animals and Rope Rescue for Companion Animals. His new text, Animals in Disasters was released in February 2019.


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