Webinars explore need to plan for animals in the event of an emergency

A new three-part webinar series promotes the importance of planning for the handling and care of animals during an emergency situation.

The webinar series, entitled Animals & Emergencies: Planning for animals in an emergency management strategy, will be held February 2-4, 2021. Each session is approximately one hour in length.

The impact of a natural disaster or other emergency situation can be devastating for the entire community – humans and animals alike.

“Advance planning can help keep you, your family, and your animals safe in case of an emergency.” says organizer Sandra Anderson, with the Saskatchewan SPCA.

The webinars offer useful insights for pet owners as well as anyone who works with animals, including livestock producers, municipal bylaw officers, animal shelter staff, and volunteers with animal rescues.

Conference topics:

  • Lorraine Serhienko, RVT, from the Saskatchewan Veterinary Medical Association shares some of the lessons learned about animal care during wildfire emergencies in Alberta and Saskatchewan.

  • Ray Unrau from the Saskatchewan Public Safety Agency explains the processes used to coordinate an effective emergency response.

  • Lauren Van Ewyk, offers strategies to cope with the immediate and the long-term loss felt as a result of a crisis.

  • Mel Sehn, a rancher from the Richmound area, talks about his experiences during the 2017 Burstall fire.

This conference is presented by the Saskatchewan Veterinary Medical Association, SaskPork, Saskatchewan Cattlemen’s Association, Saskatchewan Poultry Council, and the Saskatchewan SPCA.

For more information or to register, see www.saskspca/conference.