LSU Emergency Animal Shelter

Disaster Response Manual


Purpose of Manual

The information in this manual addresses the planning, operational, and closing phases of an emergency animal shelter based on the experiences of the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine Emergency Animal Shelter at the LSU AgCenter’s Parker Coliseum that was established following Hurricane Katrina in 2005. These guidelines are not definitive; rather they are intended as a starting point for others faced with the task of setting up a large emergency animal shelter. It is hoped that by sharing this information time and lives will be saved.

The Incident Command System (ICS) is critical to the success of emergency operations such as this. All managerial and volunteer personnel involved in an emergency animal shelter should be familiar with ICS.  Please pay special attention to the Incident Command System section in this manual that describes independent study courses that are available on-line and free of charge from FEMA.



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