Rural Disaster Summit in Oregon Sparks Enthusiasm and Preparedness for Animals in Disasters – AWR-328 delivered in Rickreall, OR —May 18, 2024

In the rural community of Rickreall, Oregon, a transformative event unfolded as the Rural
Domestic Preparedness Consortium (RDPC) orchestrated a vital training session, AWR-328
All Hazards Preparedness for Animals in Disasters. Held on May 18, 2024 as part of a
Disaster Summit, the course drew in a substantial number of 65 emergency responders,
including representatives from the Mounted Posses search and rescue service hailing from
13 Oregon counties.

Captain Robin Erhardt, MSN, RN, EMT-I, of the Benton County SheriU’s Posse, emphasized
the significance of the training, remarking, “With knowledge, skill and tenacity, speaker
Tracey Stevens and her support team provided Oregon Association of Mounted Posse’s the
skills and practice to enhance the value of the Posses in their 13 respective counties.
Evacuation of animals in Oregon due to disaster situations has become a reality in our

Erhardt emphasized the vital role of educating communities about the resources available
through the Posses and their collaboration with local law enforcement agencies, thereby
amplifying their eUicacy in Oregon’s emergency management eUorts.

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