IFAW conducts Emergency Relief training in Canada

Posted by IFAW Emergency Responder - Deb Gleason

OntarioERtrainingGroup_2 Twenty-five extraordinary individuals who share a common concern for the fate of animals in disasters in Canada joined Dick Green and I for a two day training session last week. We came together to develop goals and common ground for how to handle animals in case of a disaster in Canada, and more specifically, in Ontario. The group was comprised of representatives from the Ontario SPCA and several of their affiliates, the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, the Toronto Wildlife Centre, Social Services, the Canadian Red Cross as well as local emergency managers and municipal leaders.

Participants were introduced to the world of disasters and in particular, to what IFAW has done internationally to help animals in distress. IFAW’s 36-foot response trailer was on site and participants were given a tour of the trailer. Through this, the participants saw first-hand how our Emergency Response team communicates with the outside world while responding to a disaster, as well as where they meet, eat and sleep.

Disaster assessments, training and equipment, coalition building and lessons learned from past disasters were some of the key areas that were covered. The highlight of the session was a massive table top exercise where the participants had to problem solve their way through a mock large disaster that put thousands of animals in peril. The good news is that not only did they learn a lot about the challenges they would face in a disaster involving animals, they were successful in identifying key issues as well as rescuing and sheltering animals throughout the scenario.

Comments: 1

9 years ago

As a vegetarian myself, I wish to inform you to shut the hell up, unless you plan to do something about it. PeTA spouts so much crap, and you seem to be listening. If you want to help, don't type this s**t up online, go help out Greenpeace and the RSPCA like I do. You'll actually make a difference. Nothing annoys me more than people who b***h and moan while not doing anything to prevent it.
A good example against PeTA is the Australian wool industry. Did you know farmers always use pain medication on the animal while museling? And a topical antibacterial treatment afterwards? It's only been the law for the past 10 years, even before Peta jumped on it.
This is what museling prevents.
Thanks to PeTA, that lamb that would have otherwise lived a wholesome life is dead. The farmer is shearing it in an attempt to save it.
I consume plants because they are not sentient and do not feel pain. I drink milk because I have a pet cow, and I might as well not waste it, since her calf was weaned ages ago and she's going to keep producing it. Fresh milk, cream and butter is the best. I have two pet hens who both lay me an egg each day, which serves as my breakfast. Since their not with a rooster, and have never been mated, the eggs cannot develop into chicks, so why waste them?
I wish it was still like when my mum was a kid, when almost every family has chickens, and most had a cow or two. That would prevent caged chickens and mistreated cows used for milk.

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