Rescue Services Participates in MEMA Evacuation Drill

On May 10, 2008 the Animal Rescue League (ARL) of Boston participated in a training exercise with the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA). The exercise simulated a significant nuclear event at the Seabrook Power Plant which may warrant an evacuation. The drill was held at the Masconomet Regional High School in Topsfield MA, which is designated as the reception center for evacuees. The ARL of Boston’s role is to be the lead agency for any animal-related issues and to provide temporary housing for animals while their owners are being processed. Our Mobile Adoption Rescue Vehicle (MARV) was on site to simulate how we could care for animals during disaster situations. We also had one of our rescue vehicles there, simulating that we were ready to respond in case animals needed to be transported or there was a call for assistance in the area. The day was a great success and our portion of the exercise was very well received by MEMA and FEMA (the Federal Emergency Management Agency), who was grading the exercise.  A 2nd drill will be held in June so that FEMA can evaluate some areas that were not graded in the 1st exercise. The ARL of Boston will be present at this drill as well.