The purpose of this paper is to review the vulnerability and challenges faced by Canadian pet owners in times of disaster and evaluate emergency preparedness measures put in place to address the identified issues.
Emergency preparedness strategies from different countries were identified to weigh against Canada’s state of preparedness.
Pet/animal owners without emergency plans for their animals are more vulnerable than non-pet owners when they need to flee from disaster; and as Canada faces disaster challenges, proactive preparedness in emergency demands awareness, cooperation and commitment from everyone –governments, corporations, community groups and individuals become a necessity.
Based on the identified need, the paper reviews strategies that engages pet owners in preparing for emergency in order to keep individuals and their communities safe. This paper will be beneficial to policy makers, researchers, health educators, scholars and emergency management professionals that read the journal.
Onukem, M. (2016), "Assessment of emergency/disaster preparedness and awareness for animal owners in Canada", International Journal of Emergency Services, Vol. 5 No. 2, pp. 212-222. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJES-07-2016-0012Download as .RIS
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