POSTED: Friday, November 15, 2013 - 8:00pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, November 20, 2013 - 7:20pm
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — Natural disasters are scary, especially hurricanes. The state does everything they can to prepare and help the public during times of need. What about our pets, our livestock or our animals?
Now, a handful of organizations have banned together to help keep those animals safe and save lives when a disaster strikes.
"My pets are part of my family,” said Audrey Tankersley. “They go everywhere with me."
Audrey Tankersley wouldn't know what to do if anything were to happen to her to dogs.
“Pets now are not just pets, they are family members.”
When she heard the news that organizations across our state are joining forces to help animals during natural disasters, she couldn't help but smile.
"We saw in Katrina people didn't evacuate because people didn't have a place to bring their pet," said LSU Stephenson Disaster Management Institute Executive Diretor, Joseph Booth.
Booth says this coalition will provide easily accessible plans for pet owners and animals, during an emergency.
“It makes me feel a lot better think it’s taken long enough, especially after Katrina there were so many displaced not just dogs cats horses everything," said Tankersley.
“Louisiana has dealt with this early on so a lot of the practices we have will be important to share with the rest of the nation," noted Booth.
This group will help mitigate problems that we all see during a disaster as well.
“Not all hotels let you have dogs but now you can go through the coalition to find a place where you can stay," said Tankersley.
“We want to make sure we have the mechanisms in place where people and their animals can prepare for disaster.”
So these influential leaders will help shape the future of disaster management, one pet at a time.