EDITORIAL: Caring for kids in a disaster
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Copyright 2007 Chicago Tribune
CHICAGO — President Bush said the one thing he would have taken, had he been a New Orleans resident forced to evacuate during Hurricane Katrina, would have been his dog, Barney. That's a lovely story of furry fidelity. Lucky for Barney, the federal government last year followed up with legislation providing protection for pets during disasters.
The Pets Evacuation and Transportation Standards (PETS) Act requires emergency preparedness authorities to include in their plans accommodations for Fido and Muffin. Fido's law has teeth, too. States and communities that don't follow through can kiss federal disaster relief funds goodbye.
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