Emergency Preparedness with our Guide Dogs: April 13 Discussion Call

By PAGDUS

 

Join PA Guide Dog Users and Supporters (PAGDUS) for our April meeting topic, which has been in the works for a while. On Wednesday, April 13, at 7:30 PM ET, we will be discussing emergency preparedness with our guide dogs. How can you prepare if an unfortunate or unexpected accident occurs, or if we are injured or unconscious, and therefore unable to speak for our guide dogs?

 

We will have a panel discussion with representatives from two guide dog schools on preparing for an emergency before, during, and after.

 

Strategies to consider in preparing for an emergency might include: compiling emergency contacts, tools to communicate for ourselves when we cannot, arranging an emergency caretaker for our dog, speaking with local EMS and/or veterinary offices to collect info ahead of time, having an injury attorney relationship initiated, etc.

 

During an emergency, what can we say, who can we call, and how can we check our dogs for injuries? After, how can we set reasonable expectations for returning to work, what is the best way to work through our team emotions, following up with trainers, and following through with any legal issues?

 

These examples are not all-encompassing, but the speakers are sure to provide great insight and resources to help us to feel better prepared. There will be time for questions from the audience as well.

 

We hope you’ll join us for this necessary conversation.

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