Dr. Kara Odom Walker, Secretary
Jill Fredel, Director of Communications
302-255-9047, Pager 302-357-7498
Date: July 21, 2017
DOVER, DE (July 21, 2017) - The Division of Public Health Office of Animal Welfare (OAW) is seeking individuals interesting in assisting animals in emergencies and disasters. The OAW Delaware Animal Response (DAR) program is recruiting community volunteers for its Delaware State Animal Response Team (DE SART) and their specialized unit, the Delaware Veterinary Medical Reserve Corps (DE VMRC).
The DAR program's mission is to develop and implement preparedness, response, and recovery plans necessary to protect the health, safety, and welfare of domestic animals, and the people who own or have responsibility for animals during emergencies and disasters. DAR is looking for volunteers with various experiences and skills, including:
"Volunteer orientations offer a unique opportunity for Delawareans to learn how they can support state and county efforts to keep animals, small and large, safe and protected during emergencies and disasters," said Karen Clark, DAR Coordinator.
The DAR program was originally established in Delaware to meet the requirements of the groundbreaking Pets Evacuation and Transportation Standards (PETS) Act passed by Congress in 2006. This federal legislation was a direct response to lessons learned from Hurricane Katrina, when many people would not leave home without their pets and many pets had to be left behind by those who did evacuate. The PETS Act requires states to take into account the needs of household and service animals before, during, and after an emergency or disaster.
Residents are asked to RSVP for the orientation sessions by contacting Karen Clark at (302) 242-3594 or email Karen.Clark@state.de.us . For more information about the Delaware Animal Response program visit: www.dhss.delaware.gov/dhss/dph/oaw/dar.html.
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Delaware Health and Social Services is committed to improving the quality of the lives of Delaware's citizens by promoting health and well-being, fostering self-sufficiency, and protecting vulnerable populations.