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: 71:09

This workshop provides a brief history of the ASPCA Field Investigations & Response Team (FIR) and discusses the history of animal rescue and how an emergency becomes a disaster. Some of the questions that will be addressed include: Who is in charge; Who is responsible for what; and What resources are available from the state, national, and federal agencies? This presentation was recorded at the 2019 ASPCA Maddie's® Cornell Shelter Medicine Conference.

About Dick Green

Dick Green 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.