CDP Trains at Calhoun County Humane Society

Here’s something to consider? When a community is subjected to a disaster, we can all be confident that the people will be cared for and the property will be assessed. But, who makes sure that displaced household pets are made safe, secure, and well? The Calhoun County Humane Society today wrapped up the last day of weeklong training for 80 responders from both human and veterinary agencies. The Center for Domestic Preparedness partnered with the National Veterinary Response Team for the special training. And, according to officials, today’s pilot venture for veterinary teams from the National Disaster Medical System has taken responders beyond a core curriculum. Teams evaluated their abilities to examine the health and welfare of household pets following a disaster during a training exercise with 2 simultaneous exercises of a large disaster scenario. The National Veterinary Response Team brought 30 students from as far away as Alaska. National Veterinary Response Team member, Robin Brennan, says the biggest thing is for them to come together and form a plan to help local shelter managers provide medical care for animal patients after an incident. Calhoun County Humane Society Board President, Shelly Hunt, says the immediate benefit of today’s exercise is the training with the live animals. She says she knows the National Disaster Medical System and the National Veterinary Response Teams are here to help both shelter pets and owned pets. The National Disaster Medical System has more than 7000 employees with 86 responders from across the United States, including Hawaii, and Puerto Rico. They’ve trained more than 1000 people over the past year.


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