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Animals in Disasters
Animals play many important roles in our lives, including providing companionship, service, and food. Disasters, both natural and human-induced, can negatively affect animals just as much as people. In Texas, the Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) has been tasked by the Governor’s Department of Emergency Management with developing a planning and response system to address livestock and companion animal needs during emergencies. This system, called the Texas State Animal Resource Team (TXSART), is currently being developed via a partnership between the TAHC and the Texas Veterinary Medical Association, with the assistance of a variety of government and private entity partners. At the federal level, the Pets Evacuation and Transportation Standards (PETS) Act was signed into law on October 6, 2006. This law requires state and local disaster plans to include provisions for household pets and service animals in the event of a major disaster or other emergency.
Please refer to the following links for additional information on emergency preparedness in Texas and emergency preparedness information pertaining to animals.