Local Planning Resources

Animal Issues Committees

Animal Issues Committee Guidance Document (May 2009)
This document provides general guidance to local communities in creating their animal issues committees (AICs) and then moving forward in developing their community animal response plans (CARPs). It provides a framework to bring together participants of an AIC and lays out next steps in the process toward writing the CARP and its associated best practices or standard operational plans (SOPs). The guidance document should be used in concert with Appendix 4 to Annex N of the local emergency management plan (see below).
State of Texas Animal Issues Committee Plan
This plan provides a model for local governments to create an appendix to their local Annex N (Direction and Control) for development of an animal issues committee (AIC) to deal with particular animal issues in their community. The plan outlines (1) the various types of individuals that might be on an AIC as well as (2) the various topics related to animals that could be of interest to that community. For instance, an AIC near the Coast might consider the "evacuation and care" of companion animals prior to and during a hurricane as their issue of choice; an AIC in Central Texas might consider "animal rescue and identification" from river flooding as their major issue; and an AIC in the Panhandle might consider "carcass disposal" related to an animal disease as their most important issue.
Guide to Developing a Community Animal Response Plan By Function
Once a community has identified its vulnerabilities, responsibilities and resources in regard to animal issues and has developed an AIC Plan (Annex N Appendix 4), it needs to take the next step in addressing animal issues and begin to develop a Community Animal Response Plan (CARP). A CARP details the actions taken to utilize the resources compiled in the AIC plan to respond to animal issues during a disaster. When a community begins development of its CARP, it may be helpful if issues are addressed by being divided into functions or tasks that may need to be performed during a disaster, such as the sheltering, evacuation or carcass disposal of animals. Currently, the Texas Animal Health Commission, in conjunction with other partners, has begun to develop guides to assist communities in planning for animals in a disaster according to these different functions. The following are the guides available by function and will be updated regularly.

General Resources

Incorporating Household Pets and Service Animals Considerations into Emergency Operations Plans
FEMA’s Comprehensive Preparedness Guide (CPG) 302 provides information on how local governments can develop and integrate animal-related plans into their local emergency management plans. This document outlines the planning process, offers a plan format, and provides checklists to use when developing the local animal issues plan(s). The CPG dovetails nicely with the Texas Animal Health Commission’s community animal response plans (CARPs), which were developed to provide specific topics, by function, to consider when preparing local animal issues plans.
Eligible Costs Related to Pet Evacuations and Sheltering
FEMA’s Recovery Policy RP9523.19 outlines eligible costs related to pet evacuations and sheltering related to a disaster event. It defines what a "household pet" is; outlines supplies, equipment, and labor costs that may be reimbursable; and promotes the need for some sort of written statement (preferably a memorandum of agreement or understanding) between the eligible agency (state or local government entity) and the organization performing the animal-related services.