EARS Emergency Animal Response Service
The Connecticut Emergency Animal Response Service is an organization designed for rapid-response to single emergency events (such as a household fire) or larger disaster incidents (such as hurricane evacuation) for animals in our state. If called upon, the EARS Team can provide technical rescue, triage, transport of animals to veterinary clinics, and establish temporary sheltering for a wide variety of animals. EARS is entirely run through the commitment of volunteers, and no one involved in the organization receives any payment for their participation, they are brought together by a love and dedication to the safety of animals in our communities.
Members of the EARS Animal Rescue Team must complete and adhere to training provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as well as additional training given by EARS itself. The most important part of this training involves the Incident Command System (ICS), which was established by FEMA to assure that all emergency services, disaster response teams, and similar organizations operate under the exact same guidelines. This allows EARS to seamlessly work together with local fire departments and emergency services, the Red Cross, CERT Teams, and various other relief organizations.
In addition to preparing training and responding to animal emergencies, EARS also places a large emphasis on public outreach and owner education through community programs, library lectures, and many other events throughout the year. Our aim is to encourage everyone on ways to be prepared for all types of emergencies and keep their animals safe. The EARS Team hosts Pet First Aid training, microchip clinics, outreach programs at pet supply stores and animal hospitals, and much more. These are aspects that any individual can be involved with, even those with no training in emergency response, animal rescue, or animal handling. This will help ensure that in emergencies there is accurate information regarding animal issues being distributed to the communities, and assistance is available where needed and that preparedness, planning, and response for animals in disaster situations is present and understood.
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