Sample IT-Web Research Paper on Disaster Plan

Disaster Plan

Animals suffer from the effects of hurricanes in similar ways as human beings. The emphasis of disaster preparedness for the veterinarian clinic should concern limitation of the disaster’s impact on cats and dogs. Prior to the disaster, the veterinarian clinic should recruit and maintain a highly competent team of animal care experts, through training on responsibilities and actions necessary during a hurricane. The clinic should train workers on how to control animals during evacuation and prepare a clear floor plan or diagram showing the locations of fire extinguishers, emergency escape routes, control valves, and dangerous spaces. There should also be assignment of responsibilities to perform specific procedures for individual workers during a hurricane disaster (“Emergency Preparedness and Response” 37).

During the hurricane, the clinic should procure sufficient stocks of medicines, handling gloves, flashlights and batteries, first-aid kits, food and water, and animal evacuation kits to last for at least two weeks. The clinic’s workers should cooperate with the local community to evacuate all cats and dogs to the clinic early. All animals should have tattoos, leg bands, microchips, or identification tags with names, addresses, and phone numbers of owners, and any health concerns.Vaccination should be available for all pets without proven current vaccination against rabies. To prevent them from roaming freely and presenting handling problems when they get frightened, clinic workers should keep them in cages or on leashes (“Emergency Preparedness and Response”139, 151).

After the hurricane, the clinic’s workers should assess any signs of injury or illness among the animals and treat them accordingly. They should also allow uninterrupted sleep and rest for the animals to recover from stress and trauma, and only release them indoors during daylight hours, supervising their movements carefully to prevent injury from sharp objects and contact with potential hazards and contaminated water (“Emergency Preparedness and Response”152). Workers should continue to care for the animals until the owners come to collect them when the neighborhood is safe after the hurricane.

Works Cited

“Emergency Preparedness and Response.” American Veterinary Medical Association Guide, April 2012. Print.