Western Massachusetts Disaster Animal Response Team Initiative
The Western Region Homeland Security Advisory Council (WRHSAC) undertook a unique disaster planning / preparedness, response and recovery initiative designed to enhance the capabilities to meet the needs pet owners and pets during and following emergencies and disasters. Entitled the Western Massachusetts Disaster Animal Response Team (DART) Initiative this project had several goals and objects.
First to assess the current capabilities of various animal and sheltering stakeholder organizations to respond to meet the needs of pets and their owners during and following emergencies and disasters which threaten the region.
Second to facilitate an animal sheltering exercise designed to validate operational concepts that were currently being utilized.
Third to work in with the region’s animal and sheltering stakeholder organizations to develop relevant Pet Friendly Shelter plans and procedures.