IFAW DISASTER READY CAMPAIGN HIGHLIGHTS IMPORTANCE OF ENSURING ANIMALS ARE INCLUDED IN DISASTER PLANNING AND RESPONSE


WASHINGTON, September 27, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — As disasters escalate in intensity and frequency, fueling “eco-anxiety” everywhere United States and across the world, ensuring the safety and welfare of animals is a critical way for people to be part of the disaster response solution. This is the premise of a new public service announcement initiative called disaster loan by IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare). The campaign is being launched as part of National Preparedness Month, recognized each September as a way to raise awareness of the importance of preparing for disasters and other emergencies.

Billion-dollar disasters have nearly doubled in the past quarter century, with climate change exacerbating the rate and scale of these events, taking a heavy toll on local communities and displacing humans and animals.

IFAW Disaster response and risk reduction (DRRR), which sends responders to areas of the world where animals are in distress, offers a range of emergency assistance services, including animal search and rescue, temporary animal housing , aid distribution, as well as reunification efforts between animals and their owners. The most recent national responses have involved deployment to states, including Kentucky and Louisiana following catastrophic events resulting from hurricanes and floods. As many disasters can occur in a very short time, those affected have little time to prepare and evacuate. With a particular focus on pet owners, the new disaster loan aims to inform the general public of the preparatory actions that they must take with regard to their pet in the event of a claim.

According to Shannon Walatjys, Director of IFAW’s Disaster Response and Risk Reduction Program, “We know that disasters are on the rise. But we are not powerless when it comes to to work for a better result with regard to our animals. disaster loan The initiative is key to raising awareness about what people can do to prepare themselves and their pets. The more disaster-ready we all are, the more animals will survive.”

IFAW disaster loan encourages owners to ensure their disaster planning includes all animals—pets, farm animals and wildlife. The initiative will use several communication elements and promotes a preparedness checklist that includes:

  • Write a preparedness plan with your family: Include your pets and animals in the planning process, identifying pet shelter options. Share the plan with your friends and neighbors in case of separation from your pet;
  • Microchip your pet and register the information in a national database;
  • Maintain proper identification of your pets: Always keep a collar on your pet with its name and your personal contact number;
  • Securing access to adapted transport or pet cages and kennels within easy reach;
  • Prepare an emergency Go-Bag for your pets: Ccreate an emergency kit including medicine, vaccination records, food and water, and an extra pet collar with an ID tag;
  • Keep a sticker on the door of your house or the window indicating the number and types of pets you have; and
  • Evacuate with your pets: When you go, they go! Never leave a pet behind, chained or caged.

According to Walatjys, “When owners take preventative steps to prepare a plan involving their pets in the event of a disaster, there are ultimately fewer animals to rescue. This allows organizations like IFAW to step in and reach animals who desperately need our help.”

Click to view the campaign website and television public service announcement, as well as to download animal disaster preparedness resources. IFAW encourages the sharing of these campaign resources with friends, family and the local community so they too can be prepared in the event of an animal disaster.

For more information or to arrange interviews, please contact:

Rodger Correa at [email protected].

About the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) – The International Fund for Animal Welfare is a global non-profit organization that helps animals and people thrive together. We are experts and ordinary people, working across seas, oceans and in over 40 countries around the world. We rescue, rehabilitate and release animals, and we restore and protect their natural habitats. The issues we face are urgent and complicated. To solve them, we combine fresh thinking with bold action. We work in partnership with local communities, governments, non-governmental organizations and businesses. Together, we are developing new and innovative ways to help all species thrive. See how to ifaw.org.

SOURCE International Fund for Animal Welfare

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