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Updated: Jan 15

February 28 - March 1, 2024, Tybee Island, Georgia

For three days, GACCA and the Georgia Department of AG will hold a Disaster Preparedness Training at Tybee Island. Don't miss this amazing training and our own Claudine Wilkins will also be presenting on Thursday morning.

If you would like to attend this important conference CLICK HERE TO REGISTER


Wednesday, February 28, 2024

8:00 AM Conference Sign-In

All Attendees

8:15 AM Welcome and Introductions 

Venessa Sims, GDA, Director of Emergency Management 

Regenia Wells, GACCA President 

Jason Smith, Companion Animal, Equine and Livestock Poultry Program Director 

Dennis Jones, Chatham County EMA Director 

8:40 AM Legislative Updates

Claudine Wilkins, The Animal Protection Society/

Animal Law Source

9:00 AM Mental Health and Wellness

Kalie Burke, State Mental Health Coordinator, Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD)

John McElveen, Georgia Agricultural Wellness Alliance (GAWA)

10:00 AM Break

10:15 AM Hazardous Weather Threats in Georgia

Will Lanxton, GEMA/HS State Meteorologist

10:45 AM Break

11:00 AM GDA Law Enforcement Division Overview

Harlan Proveaux, GDA Law Enforcement Director/Inspector General

11:30 AM Large Animal Emergency Response Planning Overview 

Courtney Wilson, GDA 

12:00 PM LUNCH

1:15 PM Zoonotic Diseases

Jill Johns, Georgia Southern University IHLA

3:15 PM Break

3:30 PM – 5:00 PM Lessons Learned from Spalding County Tornado

Josh Cary, American Humane

Tracy Reis and Mike Perkins, Atlanta Humane Society

Venessa Sims, GDA

Thursday, February 29, 2024

8:00 AM Welcome

8:15 AM Animal Decontamination 

Dr. Marcus Webster, Venessa Sims, and Steve Brinson, GDA 

10:15 AM Break

10:30 AM Animal Disaster Sheltering

Tracy Reis and Mike Perkins, AHS

12:00 PM Lunch 

1:00 PM Animal Disaster Sheltering continued

2:15 PM Break

2:30 PM “Animal Disaster Coordination - Bringing It All Together When You Need It"

Eric Thompson, ASAR

4:30 PM EndEx

4:40 PM Hotwash

6:00 PM Low Country Boil Dinner hosted by GACCA

Friday, March 1, 2024

8:15 AM Animals in Disaster Drill Briefing

Venessa Sims, Exercise Director

Safety Briefing

Mike Perkins, Safety Officer

9:00 AM STARTEX for Animals in Disaster Drill



2:15 PM GACA Business

Regenia Wells, GACCA President 

3:30 PM Closing Remarks & Adjourn

Venessa Sims and Reginia Wells 

If you would like to attend this important conference CLICK HERE TO REGISTER


Click the pdf below to view all the speakers for this conference.

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