LSU Emergency Animal Shelter

Disaster Response Manual

Preparation Phase

Before Disaster Strikes


  • Understand official local, state, and federal emergency response agencies and their roles
  • Understand the laws that govern animal matters
  • Identify partner and support agencies; establish contacts and Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs)
  • Establish a basic management team trained in the Incident Command System (ICS)
  • Identify a suitable site; determine availability
  • Identify a backup site and sources for temporary buildings (e.g. tents, trailers)



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