The American Kennel Club
March 4, 1998
TO: All AKC Clubs
SUBJECT: Emergency Procedures at Dog Events
At its November 1997 meeting, the Board of Directors considered the report of the Delegates Dog Show Rules Committee on the subject of Emergency Care at Events. The Board adopted the following policy, which will apply to events held on or after January 1, 1999.
EMERGENCY PROCEDURES AT DOG EVENTS
- Each club holding a member or licensed event must develop and detail a Disaster and Emergency Plan for that event. The Plan form must be completed and filed with AKC and will be considered a part of the event application.
- Clubs must advise local authorities (police, fire department, medical services, etc.) of their event, including the exact location, ingress, egress, and duration, within thirty days prior to the event.
- All clubs are strongly encouraged to have a qualified emergency medical technician (CPR certified) in attendance at each event.
- At group and all-breed conformation events, clubs are required to have a qualified emergency medical technician (CPR certified) in attendance from one hour prior to the start of the judging until completion of all judging.
- A Red Cross-approved emergency first aid kit must be available at all events.
- Emergency care at all events must also comply with local community standards.
- Personnel will be on duty after show hours at show sites where dogs are left overnight.
- At least one working cellular telephone is required to be on the show grounds during show hours.
Effective Date: January 1, 1999
JEDTRI (7/98) 5580 Centerview Drive, Suite 200 * Raleigh, NC 27606-3390
The Disaster and Emergency Plan
The Events Committee feels strongly that the attached Disaster and Emergency Plan contains the necessary information for an event-giving club to react to any emergency or disaster in a timely manner. The ABC Board feels that completion of the Plan form will require an event committee to put the necessary forethought into dealing with an emergency or disaster. The Board does not anticipate that AKC will evaluate the accuracy of the Plan, any more than site plans or site contracts are typically evaluated for accuracy before an event. It is felt that event-giving clubs will put the effort into development of the Plan to ensure its adequacy and accuracy.
The event-giving club would also be responsible for providing multiple copies of the Plan at the event. Additionally, in order to make the Plan available to all participants of an event, clubs may print information in the event catalog and judging program.
Definition -- Event
For the purposes of this policy, an event is defined as a show given by a club or association that is a member of, or licensed by, the American Kennel Club, at which championship points are awarded; or a trial or test given by a club or association that is a member of, or licensed by, the American Kennel Club, at which qualifying scores towards titles are awarded.