Preparing for a Disaster with a Service Animal

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A woman is on a stretcher being loaded into an ambulance with her service dog on her lap. Photo credit: Matthew Strauss

Service animals are protected under Title II of the ADA, however,  the handler is responsible for the care and supervision of their service animal. Photo credit: Matthew Strauss

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When preparing for a disaster with a service animal it is important to know your rights when you need to evacuate.  A service animal is a dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for a person with a disability.  There are protections in place to prevent discrimination for those with service animals.  But according to the ADA, the handler is responsible for the care and supervision of their service animal.  If you are unable to care for your service animal it is important to have a plan in place.  It is also a good idea for you to have a go bag for you and your service animal so that you can evacuate quickly and get to safety.  Just like yourself, your service animal will need food, water, medications, and medical records like immunization or vaccination records.  Be sure to use a waterproof container when storing medical documents, food, identification, money and clothing.  Click here for information on how the ADA applies to service animals during emergency response situations.

 

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