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SART Conducts Disaster Exercise 2016 in Bay County
The day dawned bright and sunny but the Panama City community was still recovering from a devastating hurricane causing survivors and their pets to seek shelter. Or so the scenario unfolded during the recent State Agricultural Response Team (SART) two-day workshop in Bay County. The simulated event provided an opportunity to bring together state and local partners to practice setting up a pet friendly evacuation shelter at the Central Panhandle Fairground in Bay County. The need for such shelters was emphasized after Hurricane Katrina where 47% of those who did not evacuate stayed  because of their pets. The Pets Evacuation and Transportation Standards Act requires state and local government to plan for the evacuation of pets and  service animals.
In Florida, that plan is to keep an owner and their pet together as much as possible.
Fort Myers, Mock Disaster Drill April 2014
CLICK on the slideshow to view photos of the recent full-scale drill in Lee County, Florida as the SARC team joined response partners from around the state to practice the protocols of handling and treating dogs caught in contaminated flood waters.

 (**No animals were harmed during the drill. However, they did get a nice bath!)

Bushnell, Florida Mock Disaster Drill April 2010 (Photos & News)
Click here to view Hurricane Disaster Drill photos!

Gainesville, Florida Large Animal Disaster Drill April 2011  (Photos and News)
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