Disaster ResponseJean Chung
HSI provides on-the-ground relief and collaborates with local and global organizations to help animals impacted by and (sometimes unavoidably) left behind in natural disasters. Remember: if you evacuate, take your animals if you possibly can. If it's not safe for you, it's not safe for them.
When disaster strikes around the world, HSI deploys teams of veterinarians and field responders to collaborate with local, regional, national and international organizations in providing rescue, relief and evacuation services for animals. We seek to reach animals before they succumb to injury, starvation or disease. In addition, we partner with local groups and governments to facilitate future disaster preparedness and planning that accommodates animals in affected communities.
- The incidence and severity of natural disasters is increasing in many parts of the world, often impacting the most vulnerable populations.
- HSI provides worldwide disaster services to animals affected by and stranded in earthquakes, hurricanes, typhoons, floods, wildfires and hazardous spills.
- In many parts of the world, people are forced to leave their animals when evacuating, and the animals often succumb to starvation, dehydration, injury and disease.
- Support is needed in many areas to increase capacity and public and government awareness of the importance of including all animals in disaster planning, response and recovery.
- The need for services continues after the disaster to create long-term change that can avert or lessen the impact of future disasters.