Article Out Loud - Service Animal Awareness in Disaster Response 

An Article Out Loud from the Domestic Preparedness Journal, June 07, 2023.
Service animals are trained to perform specific daily tasks, which are often still required when responders are assisting during a hurricane, mass casualty event, or another emergency. As such, emergency planning efforts should include service animals to ensure responders can identify the animals’ critical roles, acknowledge their specialized training, and provide more-effective assistance to the humans who need their help.
Narrated by Randy Vivian.

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Melissa Resnick

Dr. Melissa Resnick is presently a research scientist at the University at Buffalo, Jacob School of Medicine’s Department of Biomedical Informatics. Melissa (with guide-dog “Lido”) earned a bachelors degree in biology from the University at Albany, a masters (with guide-dog “Ember”) in psychology from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, a masters (with guide-dog “Ditto”) in library science from Queens College, and a doctorate (with guide-dog “Cora”) from the University of Texas, Health Science Center at Houston in biomedical informatics. She spent 4 years of academic fellowship at the National Institutes of Health’s National Library of Medicine. Becoming interested in the intersection of medicine, informatics, and disaster preparedness/emergency management (“DPEM”) during a national pandemic, Dr. Resnick began supplemental studies in Frederick Community College’s degree program in emergency management and is currently pursuing a masters in DPEM at Arkansas State University, which focuses on healthcare. She recently earned her Associate Emergency Manager (AEM®) professional designation from the International Association of Emergency Managers and is presently pursuing the Certified Emergency Manager (CEM®) professional designation. Melissa has been fortunate to independently travel to over 15 countries, Alaska, Hawaii, and most major U.S. cities. Dr. Resnick is open to professional collaborations. 



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