In 2017, the welfare of animals in disasters was identified as a new priority topic for the 2nd Action Plan of the OIE Platform on Animal Welfare for Europe.
The OIE Platform on Animal Welfare for Europe for in collaboration with the Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale dell’Abruzzo e del Molise “G. Caporale” / OIE Collaborating Center (IZSAM) have consequently developed a 3-year stepwise pilot approach on natural disaster preparedness which main objective is to assist the European OIE Member Countries build a culture of preparedness among Veterinary Services and relevant stakeholders. This is to encourage the development of Veterinary Services Contingency Plans (VS-CP) for animal welfare during natural disaster situations and ensure appropriate livestock, wildlife, and companion animal welfare assistance during and after natural disasters with flooding scenario used as an example.
In 2016, the WOAH published Guidelines on disaster management and risk reduction in relation to animal health, animal welfare and veterinary public health, with the aim of strengthening the capacity of Veterinary Services in its Members. Experience has shown that the prospects for sustainable recovery from natural disasters in affected communities are closely linked to the condition of their animals.