Contact: Ryan Murphy
Town of Southampton, NY March 22, 2022 —The Town of Southampton Department of Public Safety is hosting a federal training program entitled All Hazards Preparedness for Animals in Disasters. The Department of Public Safety and Emergency Management, which consists of Animal Control, Code Enforcement, Fire Marshals and Emergency Management staff responds to issues, complaints and emergencies involving animals throughout the Town of Southampton and some of the incorporated villages. The Animal Control Division also oversees some commercial animal business operating permits and conducts inspections at events where animals are present as part of the approved event activities.
In an effort to enhance local skills and knowledge, the Town worked with Suffolk County OEM to request and bring in this free federal training class. Representatives from Southampton Town Department of Public Safety and Emergency Management, Southampton Town Police Department, the Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Rescue Center, the Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation, the Hampton Classic, Suffolk County and other emergency response and animal welfare organizations are in attendance at the training being hosted in Hampton Bays.
“Southampton is the home to a variety of different pets and wild animals. We are also the location of events involving animals like polo matches and the world famous Hampton Classic Horse Show. Anything that we can do to enhance our preparedness and foster partnerships with other organizations involved with these animals and events is beneficial to the Town,” said Code Compliance and Emergency Management Administrator Ryan Murphy. The training class is two days long and will provide all participants with the ability to work through realistic scenarios, network together and obtain training certificates in the subject area.