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Suffolk County SPCA County Animal Response Team (CART)

PURPOSE SCOPE SITUATION AND ASSUMPTIONS CONCEPT OF OPERATIONS

General Phases of Emergency Management

Direction and Control

General Response Requirements

Functions

 

ORGANIZATION AND ASSIGNMENT OF RESPONSIBILITIES

Primary Agencies Designated Team Leaders

Responsibilities of All Support Agencies

Responsibilities of Specific Support Agencies

Plan Development and Maintenance

 

COUNTY ANIMAL RESPONSE TEAM (CART) PHASES OF OPERATIONS

Preparedness Phase

Response Phase

Domestic Animals

Livestock

Recovery Phase

AUTHORITY AND REFERENCES DEFINITIONS OF ACRONYMS AND TERMS FORMS

 

PURPOSE

The purpose of this plan is to provide for the coordination of local resources in response to pet, farm, and exotic animal care needs before, during, and following a significant natural disaster or man-made event.

 

SCOPE

The scope of this plan is the overall management, coordination, and prioritization of resources that support pet, farm, and exotic animal needs in the event of a declared emergency or disaster.

SITUATION AND ASSUMPTIONS

Situation:

There are over 52 million dogs and over 63 million domestic cats in the USA.  These animals rival the population of humans in this country.  If a significant natural or man-made disaster occurs, it could quickly overwhelm local government resources and their ability to provide necessary services. Such a disaster necessitates a plan to mitigate the situation utilizing local assistance. A disaster of this magnitude would pose certain public health and nuisance threats such as injured and displaced animals, dead animals, rabies and other animal-related diseases, care and shelter of animals, and related issues.  Additionally, these problems could tax human needs and response resources.

Generally when a disaster is imminent in the County of Suffolk, the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is activated and representatives from selected agencies gather for decision making.  The Suffolk County SPCA will be the conduit for information and assistance for animal-related needs as delineated in this document. 

In a deemed disaster, the assistance provided to address Disaster Animal Issues is a coordinated effort of Suffolk County FRES, and the Suffolk County SPCA. Emergency support services to implement this plan also include the volunteer sector.

 

Assumptions:

All appropriate state, county, and local agencies and departments will be involved in emergency operations, consistent with their functions and responsibilities for disaster animal issues. State government, private sector, and volunteer agencies that are assigned responsibilities for disaster animal issues will have established operating procedures specifying their emergency support service actions and will be prepared to communicate and coordinate these actions in an emergency to best utilize available capabilities.

 

CONCEPT OF OPERATIONS

General

Given beliefs that animals can fend for themselves, animal issues may be overlooked in the disaster planning process.  This lack of planning leads to serious problems when abandonment, injury, and hunger force animals from their habitats.  By developing procedures to care for these animals, prior to such an event, this plan may reduce the risk to health and safety as well as the drain on state resources.

 

Phases of Emergency Management

The Suffolk County Emergency Operations Plan depicts the potential hazards to which Suffolk County could be exposed.  The four phases of emergency management provide the framework for delivery of emergency support services.  They are:  Mitigation, Preparedness, Response, and Recovery.

 

 

 

Direction and Control

GENERAL

This plan shall be placed into effect when it is determined that there is a potential for a disaster with animal issues in Suffolk County. The decision to implement the Plan shall be coordinated with the Commissioner of FRES for full effectiveness.

RESPONSE REQUIREMENTS

1.       The designated primary and support agencies must plan to be as self-sufficient as possible during the first 72 hours following an event, when there may be only limited assistance.

2.       With priorities identified by the County Animal Response Team (CART), the SPCA Emergency Manager will allocate animal assistance resources using authorities and capabilities of primary and support agencies.

3.       With the advice and consent of the Commissioner of FRES, the SPCA will implement this plan at the County Emergency Operation Center (EOC) in conjunction with CART.

 

ORGANIZATION AND ASSIGNMENT OF RESPONSIBILITIES.

Primary Agencies

Suffolk County FRES

Local Animal Control Officers (ACOs)

Suffolk County SPCA

 

 

Designated Team Leaders

Suffolk County FRES and Suffolk County SPCA are designated as the team leaders for this plan. 

The SPCA is responsible for the following:

1.        Notify, activate, and mobilize all agencies involved in disaster animal control issues.

2.        Coordinate all support agency actions in performance of assigned missions.

3.        Enforce state animal control statutes.

4.        Coordinate requests for assistance and additional resources necessary during performance of the mission with the appropriate agencies.

5.        The SPCA's representative to the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is responsible for coordinating the responsibility and activities assigned to the primary and support agencies in this plan.

6.        Coordinate with Suffolk County Department Health for the release of public information regarding animals and health issues.

 

The town and local Animal Control Officers (with support from SPCA and the Suffolk county Police) are responsible for the following:

1.   Investigate all animal bites.

2.   Facilitate the transportation of injured, stray, or nuisance animals to animal care facilities.

3.   Assist emergency response teams with animal related problems.

4.   Make arrangements for the removal and disposal of small dead animals.

5.   Enforce municipal animal control ordinance(s).

6.   Quarantine bite animals for observation.

7.   Impound animals at large.

8.   Euthanize sick and/or injured animals through assigned and authorized persons, in accordance with local policies.

9.       Return wild animals to their natural environment.

10.     Investigate animal cruelty and neglect complaints.

11.     Facilitate the capture of nuisance animals.

12.     Help staff emergency animal shelters.

 

SUFFOLK COUNTY FRES

1.        Provide initial notification to the designated primary agencies that the County EOC is open and operational and that there is a need to implement all or portions of this plan.

2.        If deemed necessary, assist in coordinating requests for support between other agencies that are represented in the EOC.

3.   Maintain, refine, and continually improve this pl

 

CONTACT

   

Suffolk County Offices
North County Complex
725 Veterans Memorial Hwy.
Bldg. 16
Hauppauge, NY 11788

Mailing address:
P.O. Box 6100
Hauppauge, NY 11788-0099

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