Domesticated animals and wild animals in captivity are incredibly vulnerable in the aftermath of natural disasters. It’s important for facilities that house these animals to have plans in place to ensure their safety and proper care during and after emergencies.
The USDA already funds a center to help zoos and aquariums prepare for natural disasters. Additionally, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) already requires its member organizations to have disaster plans in place in order to maintain their accreditation. These mechanisms are enough to ensure that animals in captivity are safe during natural disasters.