Michele Schilling, Bay Area Disaster Animal Response Team (DART)

Michele Schilling—of Bay Area Disaster Animal Response Team (DART)—explains what exactly Bay Area DART is, and does, including how many volunteers are involved. 123She also discusses her own history with animals and otherwise, and what drew her to join Bay Area DART, going on to outline the sorts of training the volunteers typically undergo. Then, Michele responds to a hypothetical scenario I create, using the then-current Tropical Storm Chantal—which was on the verge of becoming a hurricane, so the hypothetical pretended it would make landfall with considerable force–laying out how Bay Area DART volunteers would be expected to deploy, how they might help implement evacuation and sheltering plans, etc.  She acknowledges and addresses how Hurricane Katrina was a total game changer in terms of disaster response. Michele additionally underscored the fundamental importance of pet owners making all sorts of preparations in advance of a hurricane or other disaster, formulating a careful and thorough plan.  (www.bayareadart.org)

Bay Area DART 2

COMEDY CORNER: Greg Fitzsimmons’ “Adopting A Dog”   (http://gregfitzsimmons.com)

MUSIC: Rebekah Pulley’s “Talking Animals Theme,” The Dead Weather’s “I Cut Like A Buffalo,” instrumentals

NAME THAT ANIMAL TUNE:  We didn’t play Name That Animal Tune today


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Duncan Strauss is the producer-host of “Talking Animals,” which he launched at KUCI in California in 2003, combining his passions for animals, radio, journalism, music and comedy. The show has aired since late 2005 on Tampa’s WMNF. Strauss lives in Jupiter Farms, FL with his family, including four cats, two horses and one dog. He spends each day talking to those animals, and maintains they talk right back to him, an as yet unverified claim.

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