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Pets in a disaster

The House will today debate and likely pass a measure that would ensure the needs of household pets and service animals are taken into account when disaster preparedness plans are developed and presented to FEMA.

The Pets Evacuation and Transportation Standards (PETS) Act, HR 3858, was sponsored by Rep. Tom Lantos, D-Calif., who can often be seen strolling through the Rayburn building with a small dog in tow. More information than you care to know about this fact was provided upon request by Lantos' office: "The little Westie mix who rules the Lantos office is named Max. His Hungarian name is Macko (pronounced "MOT-sko"), which translates to "Teddy Bear." Max is owned by the Lantos' neighbor, a researcher at the Congressional Research Service, who cannot take pets to work. So he contentedly spends his days by Tom's side."

The bill would require Senate approval and a presidential signature if it is to become the law of the land.