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Since 1995, the Indiana State Board of Animal Health has worked closely with the Indiana State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) to prepare the state for a wide array of disaster situations that could impact pets, livestock, wildlife and exotic species, as well as their owners.
Countless hours of joint planning resulted in a new master plan that addresses the needs of animals and their owners within Indiana's Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan. The Animal Health and Care Emergency Support Function outlines the procedures for handling two general categories of situations: health- or disease-related emergencies and natural or man-made disasters.
Animal Health Emergencies
In spring of 2001, Great Britain's struggles with foot-and-mouth disease received much attention. But FMD is not the only disease of concern to BOAH. Learn more about Indiana's preparedness and planned response efforts.
Natural and Man-Made Disasters
Following the devastation of Hurricane Andrew, which hit Florida in 1992, staff members of the Indiana State Board of Animal Health and State Emergency Management Agency saw the need to prepare to meet the needs of animals and their owners in large-scale natural disasters. The result was the SAVE network. Learn how to protect your family, pets and livestock.