ADPAC is an ad hoc group of organizations and individuals interested in promoting the effective development and implementation of disaster plans to protect animals. The group was organized after Hurricane Andrew killed, injured, and displaced tens of thousands of dogs, cats, horses, cattle, birds, exotic pets, and other animals.
ADPAC is not a formal legal entity. Its members seek to open lines of communication among the various animal groups in the state, and with governmental entities that develop and implement disaster plans with the goal of protecting human lives and property. It is the belief of ADPAC that the plans for humans and animals must be intertwined if either are to be effective.
ADPAC currently divides the state into six regions, with designated representatives whose task it is to promote disaster preparedness and planning to counties and private citizens in their areas. ADPAC also facilitates the exchange of innovative ideas and initiatives throughout the state by regular mail-outs to its members. Training will be held within each region on disaster planning for animals. Each ADPAC region will hold its own member meetings to encourage the maximum amount of participation statewide. ADPAC also assists in notification of members when disaster threatens or occurs.
Some of the participating organizations include The Humane Society of the United States, the Sunshine State Horse Council, the Florida Animal Control Association, the Florida Veterinary Medical Association, the Florida Division of Emergency Management, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, the American Humane Association, and the Florida Association of Veterinary Medical Technicians, as well as local animal control agencies and humane societies. The group is open to any and all with an interest in protecting animals in disaster situations, from a localized incident to a catastrophic event. There is no membership fee or charge.
1. When a potential disaster is about to occur, monitoring should begin.
2. All regional ADPAC representatives will be notified of the disaster's progression, by fax transmission, if possible.
3. Additional ADPAC members within the regions will be notified by fax, if possible. Members may be asked to notify animal facilities in their areas, such as animal shelters (both humane society and animal services operations), kennels, stables, zoos, etc. to make sure they are aware of the storm and have begun disaster preparations for their facilities.
4. Throughout this time, contact will be maintained with emergency management officials and ADPAC members in potentially impacted areas for as long as possible.
5. IF YOU ARE IN AN IMPACTED AREA. please notify ADPAC representatives outside your area as soon as possible. REMEMBER, in most instances it is almost impossible to call into a disaster area, although it is possible for you to call out. Please check on shelters, kennels, stables, and other animal facilities as soon as possible and then call out with information on the type of assistance needed. An animal Liaison should be in the Emergency Operations Center in Tallahassee if the emergency is declared by the State. Attempt to contact this liaison (you can do this through your county Emergency Operations Center), as well as an ADPAC representative to confirm that your area needs or does not need assistance.
6. Other ADPAC representatives, members and facilities will then be notified to assist in whatever way necessary, including the transportation and sheltering of animals from the impacted area to receiving facilities outside the disaster area.
Guidelines and Tips
If you would like information on participation in ADPAC, contact Laura Bevan, Southeast Regional Office Director, The Humane Society of the United States, 1624 Metropolitan Circle, Suite B, Tallahassee, FL 32308, call (850) 386-3435, or e-mail for more information.