ASERT Animal Services Emergency Response Team
What is your plan when disaster strikes?
Do you have a Bug Out Bag For Your Pets?
2 AM and sirens are going off
You wake your family and head for the basement. But wait – have you planned for this? Is everyone accounted for? What about your cat, your dog, even the family hamster. Have you planned for your pet’s safety when a disaster strikes without notice?
What does your community have planned for a disaster, be it a flood, tornado, chemical spill, wild fire or any number of calamities that could strike where you live? Did you know that floods are the most common natural disaster in the US?
Does your local animal control or humane society have information or material available to help you plan for your pet’s safety? Does your county Emergency Management Agency have trained staff and volunteers to help meet the needs or know where to turn for help and resources? Does law enforcement know who to contact or even your fire department?
Don′t Be Caught Off Guard
The above questions and the answers you find may surprise you, maybe even scare you. Don’t rely on others to be prepared. Plan today what you will do when a flood, tornado, fire or even a man-made disaster such as a toxic train or truck accident and evacuation is required.
Australian Shepherd Rescue Midwest realizes that that sometimes we all need some help or education to be prepared for the next disaster that strikes. That is why we created ASERT – Animal Services Emergency Response Team, to help communities and local government prepare for the next disaster.
ASERT supplies you and your community with everything you need from educational flyers and pamphlets to seminars discussing how to be prepared. We can help establish an Animal Disaster plan in your county, as well as meet with local law enforcement, fire, veterinary services, and EMA in your county.
We take that one more step and offer our services during a disaster to work alongside the agencies involved in a disaster. We will help establish a shelter for families and their pets, help locate lost pets and even domestic livestock. We also help the Damage Assessment teams to see and understand if a pet is in danger and what next steps should be taken.
Our volunteers are trained to understand working with FEMA and local county EMA. All on the ground leaders must pass the FEMA classes as required, as well as the ASPCA classes in disaster recovery.
If you would like to become a volunteer and part of the team complete our online application today.
If you are a county or local government looking for educational material or our team to deploy you can contact us at:
1650 Greenbriar Dr
Metamora IL 61548