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Protecting pets and their owners during natural disasters

Assistant Professor Ashley Farmer

Assistant Professor Ashley Farmer

A $94,085 National Science Foundation grant is helping Criminal Justice Sciences Assistant Professor Ashley Farmer improve the way pets and their owners are evacuated and minimize loss of life during natural disasters and emergencies.

Farmer will use the grant to further research strategies that were implemented during hurricanes Harvey and Irma to ensure the successful evacuation of companion animals and their owners.

Farmer and co-principal investigator, Assistant Professor Sarah DeYong of the Institute for Disaster Management at the University of Georgia, will use the 11-month grant to specifically study barriers that residents and animal shelters encounter during evacuations. Other impacts of Farmer and DeYong’s research include the opportunity to learn about social vulnerability in communities, access to resources, and information gathering during mandatory evacuations.

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