The Idaho State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) coordinates with the Idaho Bureau of Homeland Security (BHS) for planning and preparedness to respond to an animal health emergency disease or a natural or human-made disaster. BHS maintains the Idaho Emergency Operations Plan that details the process that will take place in case of an emergency animal disease or disaster emergency.
The Idaho Office of Emergency Management (EOP) keeps the plans on its website at https://ioem.idaho.gov/Pages/Plans/EOP.aspx. The most recent plan is available at https://ioem.idaho.gov/Pages/Plans/Documents/2015%20IDEOP.pdf.
On page 33 of the pdf, the Plan states the following:
5) Animal Health Emergency Management (ID-IA #5):
The ISDA is the Coordinating Agency for ID-IA #5. This ID-IA provides planning and operational guidelines to state and federal animal health officials, licensed veterinarians, and allied agencies and industries for prevention of, preparedness for, response to, and recovery from the incursion of an animal disease or agent that could cause significant morbidity or mortality to Idaho livestock, other animals or the general public, or significant economic losses to Idaho’s citizens. This annex could also be activated as part of a state response to natural or technological disasters involving animals.
In Emergency Support Function #6 (page 149 of the pdf file), the following information is provided on household and service animals:
2. Household Pets and Service Animals – Animal shelters will be provided for domesticated animals and household pets/companion animals of displaced individuals and/or responders during emergency sheltering situations. Pet shelters will be in close proximity of human shelters. This will allow for the pet’s owner to assist in caring for the animal. Local jurisdictions, as with human shelters should locate, inspect, and set up MOUs with potential shelters before disasters.
Household pets are defined by FEMA Policy DAP 9523.19 as a domesticated animal, such as a dog, cat, bird, rabbit, rodent, or turtle that is traditionally kept in the home for pleasure rather than for commercial purposes, can travel in commercial carriers, and be housed in temporary facilities. Household pets do not include reptiles (except turtles), amphibians, fish, insects/arachnids, farm animals (including horses), and animals kept for racing purposes. The state recognizes the varying and special requirements of individuals that require and utilize service animals and is committed to ensuring that the needs of these individuals are appropriately addressed during emergency sheltering situations and that the individuals and service animals remain together in accordance with the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Service Animals are defined in the ADA as dogs that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities. In addition to the provisions about service dogs, the revised ADA regulations have a new, separate provision about miniature horses that have been individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities.
a. Service animals must generally be allowed to accompany their owner anywhere other members of the public are allowed to go, including areas where food is served and most areas where medical care is provided.
b. While many emergency shelters do not allow residents or volunteers to bring their pets inside, shelters must generally modify no pet policies to allow people with disabilities to be accompanied by their service animals.